Earlier today, Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto shared more details about Illumination’s upcoming Super Mario Bros. animated film, including who will be playing Mario and his friends in the movie.
The reveal was met with a great deal of surprise from fans, particularly the decision to cast Chris Pratt as the titular plumber. Live reactions to the event often have viewers erupting into uncontrollable laughter at the reveal, and the internet has since been flooded with memes about how bizarre the choice seems, often with callbacks to Pratt’s other roles.
The black and white image makes it look like this is a memorial for Chris Pratt, with his last words being "Mario". pic.twitter.com/FaT4KTX1p8
— Lance H. (@Imp_Animator) September 24, 2021
— Lorsman (@lorsman10) September 24, 2021
Can people stop hating on Chris Pratt as Mario I think hes gonna be grate pic.twitter.com/xxeWZolHK8
— Spyrofire (@Spyrofire13) September 24, 2021
Although Chris Pratt has been the main focus, other casting decisions such as Jack Black playing Bowser and Charlie Day playing Luigi have had their own share of memes being made:
— Kev ∞ 🐸🦉 (@AwestruckVox) September 23, 2021
Chris Pratt as Jack Black as
Mario Bowser pic.twitter.com/EFID1iclNm
— 🍃 Chaz the Weasel 🍃 (COMMISSIONS CLOSED) (@ChaztheWeasel) September 23, 2021
Charlie Day as Luigi INSTANTLY made me draw this!
"Can we talk about the Boos!? Let's talk about the Boos, I've been DYING to talk about the Boos!" pic.twitter.com/zOYiP8jdRb
— Mario Ramirez (Commissions OPEN) (@Marioshi64) September 23, 2021
expecting this energy from charlie day as luigi mario and if it isnt this i dont want it pic.twitter.com/9tujvc63Bl
— flip (@fanflipintastic) September 23, 2021
Rogan Kong pic.twitter.com/lwX0z5lFMI
— Un Cleal (@TheUncleAlShow) September 23, 2021
Other bemused fans have made memes depicting their own odd casting choices for other characters that could appear in the film, such as Keanu Reeves as Waluigi with Danny Devito as Wario:
Ryan Reynolds as Pikachu.
Ben Schwartz as Sonic.
Jim Carrey as Dr. Eggman.
Chris Pratt as Mario.
Jack Black as Bowser.
— Alvin Tendo (@TheALVINtaker) September 24, 2021
Chris Pratt himself also uploaded a short video to Instagram sharing his thoughts about landing the role, which you can find below:
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