Chris Pratt could be the hero of the mushroom kingdom.
Illumination released the first teaser trailer for the much-anticipated “The Super Mario Bros. Movie” on Wednesday.
Fans can hear the voices of some of the star-studded cast for the film for the first time, including the controversial casting of Pratt in the role of Italian plumber Mario.
The trailer opens with a menacing Bowser-shaped ship spilling lava across a frozen kingdom as Jack Black’s intimidating Bowser demands, “Open the gates.”
The penguins’ attempt to take down the King of Koopas proves futile as he incinerates their kingdom.
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“I finally found it,” the animated turtle announces over a glowing star. “Now who’s gonna stop me?’
Pratt’s plucky red-capped Mario is launched into the Mushroom Kingdom headfirst to answer the hero’s call.
“What is this place?” He questions as he is greeted by an overzealous mushroom-capped figure Toad, voiced by Keegan-Michael Key.
“Do not touch that mushroom, you’ll die!” he announces dramatically, before admitting. “Oh, I’m sorry. That one’s perfectly fine.”
The short teaser for the animated film also features a sneak peek at Charlie Day’s Luigi as he is chased into a mansion by spooky skeleton-like koopas.
The film is a joint collaboration between Nintendo and Illumination and marks the first time the video game franchise has headed to the big screen following the disastrous 1993 live-action film.
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Speaking on his interpretation of Mario’s voice previously, Pratt hyped up his approach as something new and radical.
“I’m providing a voice for an animated character, and it is updated and unlike anything you’ve heard in the Mario world before,” he said.
Other members for the cast include Anya Taylor-Joy, Seth Rogen, Fred Armisen and more.
“The Super Mario Bros. Movie” hits theatres on April 7, 2023.