Now that Nintendo is finally letting their guard down a little concerning their iconic characters and the film rights that go along with them, I thought it was about time to revisit an article I wrote early on when I first started writing for Moviepilot, and do a full on fan casting for the eventual Super Mario Movie!
Robert De Niro as Mario MarioNot signed in
Who else could fill the shoes of such an iconic character? The legend himself would be a perfect match for the plumber turned savior. They're both italian, they both like New York, and they both are such icons in their own respective fields. Not to mention that De Niro is probably one of the coolest guys around, I mean, come on it's Robert freaking De Niro. Easy choice, really.
John Turturro as Luigi MarioNot signed in
This was an easy choice. Turturro is one of the finest comedic italian actors out there and a character with such a wacky personality, deserves an actor who could bring forth a performance worthy of his iconic stature. Luigi would have a hard time being considered second fiddle with this guy behind the wheels.
Margot Robbie as Princess Peach
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Margot Robbie is an up and coming superstar destined for a long and prolific career in Hollywood. Her take on DC Comic's Harley Quinn in the upcoming Suicide Squad will be nothing short of what film legends are made of. She's sweet, she's humble, and she's beautiful to boot. A perfect fit for one of the world's most iconic princesses.
Sarah Michelle Gellar as Princess DaisyNot signed in
Sarah Michelle Gellar is one of the most beloved and easily recognizable heroines of Hollywood legend. She portrayed Buffy Summers on Buffy The Vampire Slayer for seven seasons and is to this day, still one of the most kickass actresses around. She recently completed voice work for the dearly departed Seventh Sister on Disney's hit series, Star Wars Rebels and she was utterly villainous and amazing. Daisy would be more than lucky to have her.
Josh Gad as ToadNot signed in
I can't be the only person who thinks this is the best idea ever. Josh Gad is adorable and he did the voice for Olaf in Disney's megahit Frozen to sheer and utter perfection. He would bring a level of vocal prowess and magnitude that Toad has never had before and he would be able, I think, to bring the character to life in new and very comedic ways.
Bradley Cooper as YoshiNot signed in
Again, another amazing choice by me. If you take into account the brilliant vocal performance that Cooper lent to Rocket Raccoon in Guardians of the Galaxy, you'd start to realize that this is a match made in animated movie heaven. Yoshi deserves a voice and he deserves one that will give him a formal and unignorable stomp on the animated movie universe.
Keith David as King Koopa (Bowser)Not signed in
Keith David has one of the most easily recognizable and powerful voices in Hollywood today. He gave an outstanding performance in Disney's 2009 hit, Princess and The Frog, and I'm sure I'm not alone when I say that Bowser is one of those characters that needs a mighty captivating voice such as David's to bring him to life on the big screen.
Jacob Tremblay as Bowser Jr.Not signed in
Jacob Tremblay is probably the most adorable actor in Hollywood right now. He's best known for starring alongside Brie Larson in the 2015 drama, Room. He hangs out with the coolest celebrities and he's obviously got the chops to make this side character a centerpiece in the film if it ever comes to light.
Michelle Pfeiffer as RosalinaNot signed in
Rosalina is one of the newer members to the Mario canon, having become a fan favorite after her debut in Nintendo's 2007 Wii masterpiece, Super Mario Galaxy and its 2010 sequel. Michelle Pfeiffer has the soft, motherly, enchanting voice that would make Rosalina a character to fall in love with over and over again. She displayed these vocal chops in the severely underrated 2003 film, Sinbad: Legend of The Seven Seas and the Dreamworks blockbuster, The Prince of Egypt.
Carrie Fisher as BirdoNot signed in
Another icon of Hollywood taking on a side character that honestly deserves more attention than she gets. Being the love interest of Yoshi has its benefits and pairing the comedic talents of Fisher with Bradley Cooper would almost be worthy of bringing up the argument as to why we don't just let Disney print their own money. Come on, it's Princess Leia we're talking about here! And it's Carrie Fisher! I'm doing all the work for you, Disney and Nintendo.
Lewis Black as WarioNot signed in
Lewis Black is hilarious, nobody can deny that. He's also the man behind Anger from Disney/Pixar's 2015 smash, Inside Out. Wario is another character who has all this backstory that is rarely ever explored and really needs to be. Being a supporting character in a film that focuses on the adventures of his nephew could lead to a successful spin-off film with the cool characters from his own series of games.
Gilbert Gottfried as WaluigiNot signed in
Gilbert Gottfried, is well, he's Gilbert Gottfried. I don't know what else I could say that could make this choice any more enticing or easy to make. He's got the voice, he's got the experience, and the character needs all that to make him more than a footnote in the film's collection of A-list talent.
Hopefully, within the next decade, Nintendo will finally realize that this work of art belongs in the hands of Disney and Pixar and will relinquish full film rights for Mario and friends to get their own amazing Oscar-worthy film, instead of being sideshows in the upcoming and highly anticipated Wreck-it-Ralph 2.