"Super Mario Bros." has long been confirmed to have a reboot movie, but not much has been said about it ever since it was announced. That is about to change.
According to reports, the cast of the upcoming "Super Mario Bros." movie includes comedian Sebastian Maniscalco as one of its members.
'Super Mario Bros.' Movie Role of Sebastian Maniscalco
"Super Mario Bros." cast member Sebastian Maniscalco made the confirmation himself during an interview on Bert Kreischer's "Bertcast," according to CNET. The report also mentions that the comedian is already recording voice work for the movie.
Maniscalco went on to confirm that he got the role of Spike, the boss of brothers Mario and Luigi, in the "Super Mario Bros." animated movie reboot. If you are wondering just who in the world Spike is, you probably are not the only one.
MARIO ILLUMINATION MOVIE NEWS: Comedian and actor Sebastian Maniscalco has confirmed that he’s playing the role of “Spike, [the brother’s] boss” in the animated Mario bros movie. https://t.co/J8WpUgXwfx— MichaelO2000 (@MichaelO2k) August 8, 2021
According to Nintendo Life, there are two possibilities as to who Spike can be. First of which is a character named Foreman Spike, who appeared in an old video game in the "Mario" series called "Wrecking Crew."
Foreman Spike seems like the most plausible answer, but the Nintendo Life article also points out that there is another Spike, an enemy character, in the "Mario" series.
'Super Mario Bros.' Animated Film
The animated movie reboot of "Super Mario Bros." was first announced in 2018, but details that have been released about the film have remained scarce since.
What is known about the film is that it is set for release sometime in 2022. It is co-produced by Chris Meledandri from Illumination, the studio that released "Despicable Me," and the creator of the "Mario" series himself, Shigeru Miyamoto.
"Mario" series fans are still waiting to hear more details about the "Super Mario Bros." animated film, particularly if Charles Martinet will voice Mario in the movie. Charles Martinet is the voice actor of Mario in the video games.
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Original 'Super Mario Bros.' Film
The original "Super Mario Bros." film is a live-action adventure comedy movie loosely based on the video games. Cast members of the film include Bob Hoskins, John Leguizamo, Dennis Hopper, and Samantha Hopper, among others.
The film was released on May 28, 1993.
Films in the 'Mario' Series
Unlike the video game series, television series, and even the comics and manga series, the film series of "Mario" has been less explored by Nintendo. That may change as Nintendo has expressed an intent to do more animated film projects should "Super Mario Bros." be a success.
Aside from the 1993 live-action film and the upcoming animated movie, there is another "Mario" film that fans outside Japan may not know about.
A "Super Mario Bros." movie called "Super Mario Bros.: The Great Mission to Rescue Princess Peach!" was released in Japan in 1986, but was never given an international release. An effort was made to restore the movie and the WIP version of this "Super Mario Bros." film has been uploaded on YouTube.
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Written by Isabella James