Nintendo fans outraged after Chris Pratt cast as Mario in star-studded new film

The star of 'Guardians of the Galaxy' and 'Lego Movie' Chris Pratt is set to play Mario in an upcoming all-star film adaptation of Nintendo's classic videogame series.

Nintendo announced yesterday that Pratt will be heading up an A-List cast for the Super Mario Bros movie. The rest of the cast includes:

  • Charlie Day ('It's Always Sunny) as Mario's brother Luigi
  • Jack Black ('School of Rock') as supervillain Bowser
  • Anya Taylor-Joy ('Queen's Gambit') as Mario's love interest Princess Peach
  • Seth Rogen ('Superbad') as the gorilla (?) Donkey Kong

The film is being scripted by the writer of the 'Lego Movie 2#, Matthew Fogel, and produced by Chris Meledandri of 'Minions' fame.

Fans took to Twitter to mock the casting decision.

One Twitter user wrote "What have we done to displease you, Nintendo? Is this because we let the Wii U flop? I swear, I told people it was good, don't punish us for that!".

Another said "Everyone is complaining about Chris Pratt being cast as Mario, but I think we should all take a moment to be glad it wasn't James Corden."

One Twitter user wrote "[My] objection isn't really to [Chris Pratt] per se; my objection is that Mario should be treated like the [Joker] where a different prestige actor goes insane trying to get inside his twisted mind every 3 or 4 years."

The cast of 'Super Mario Bros' was announced during yesterday's Nintendo Direct, where the Japanese gaming giant also revealed plans to bring classic N64 games to the Nintendo Switch.

  • Classic N64 games like Ocarina of Time and Mario 64 coming to Nintendo Switch

The previous live action adaptation of the classic 'Super Mario Bros' in 1993 is widely regarded as one of the worst films ever made. The first feature-length film based on a videogame, it starred Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo.

Bob Hoskins said in a 2011 interview that it was the worst thing he ever did.

"The whole experience was a nightmare," he said.

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