Super Mario Movie 2: Release, Cast, and Everything We Know

By Klein Felt Updated:
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After the success of The Super Mario Bros. Movie from Illumination Entertainment, it feels like only a matter of time before a Super Mario Movie 2 is announced and headed into active development. 

The first film which saw MCU alum Chris Pratt lead a star-studded cast in this animated adventure, released back in April 2023 to much success. 

The Super Mario Bros. Movie quickly became one of the biggest animated movies of all time and held the top spot as the most successful film of 2023 before Barbie snatched its crown. 

So a sequel has to be in order as Nintendo and Illumination line up to do even more with the Japanese video game giant's extensive catalog.

Super Mario Movie 2 Release: Will It Come Out?

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No official announcement has been made when it comes to the release of a Super Mario Bros. Movie sequel. 

Producer Chris Melandandri previously teased that a sequel would eventually happen, remarking that he "definitely wouldn’t rule anything out" when it came to working on a Super Mario Movie 2. He added that Illumination and Nintendo "definitely hope to do more things together" in the future.

And seeing as The Super Mario Bros. Movie grossed more than Despicable Me 1 & 2, Minions, Sing, and The Secret Life of Pets, all of which got sequels from Illumination, a Mario Movie follow-up feels inevitable.

Although Universal has yet to officially announce a Mario movie sequel, there has been some acknowledgment of its continuation. As reported by Inside the Magic, a press release from Universal in 2023 updated Chief Content Officer Donna Langley's biography.

The new role description states that she is noted for creating new franchises and expanding existing franchises, with The Super Mario Bros. Movie being among the titles listed. This could be an indication that Mario's cinematic exploits aren't over yet, either through a sequel or spin-off.

If/when a sequel is officially announced, it likely will not be released until at least 2026 at the earliest. The quickest turnaround of an Illumination production has been three years with Despicable Me 1 and 2 and The Secret Life of Pets 1 and 2. 

Illumination also already has a number of projects in production, so it would not be all that surprising if it took longer than three years for the studio to get to Mario Bros. 2

Super Mario Movie 2 Cast Speculation: Who Will Return?

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For a potential sequel, it seems more than likely most of the core cast from The Super Mario Bros. Movie will be back to reprise their roles. 

This list of actors and characters includes:

Chris Pratt- Mario

If The Mario Movie 2 happens, Chris Pratt's Mario will be there (his name is in the title, for gosh sake). After saving Brooklyn and adventuring across the Mushroom Kingdom during the first film, perhaps Pratt's spunky mustachioed plumber will look to the cosmos or Yoshi's Island for his next animated epic.

Charlie Day - Luigi

No Mario Bros. project would be complete without the other half of the titular brotherhood, Luigi. Charlie Day's take on Mario's lanky, cowardly younger brother was sidelined for much of The Super Mario Bros. Movie, so one can assume he will be a more integral part of the sequel, joining his brother on whatever adventure lays ahead.

Either that or Luigi could end in his own movie, with Day wanting to take his character to Luigi's Mansion if given the chance (via ComicBook).

Anya Taylor-Joy - Peach

One of the most celebrated parts of the Mario Movie was Anya Taylor Joy's badass portrayal of Princess Peach. In the first film, Peach showed off that she is much more than just a damsel in distress, joining Mario in the fight against Bowser. Now, a sequel could possibly further explore Peach's origins alongside the titular Mario Bros. something that was only teased previously.

Similarly to Day, Taylor-Joy expressed her own interest in taking her character on a solo adventure, telling E! News that should be "absolutely" down for a Princess Peach spin-off.

Jack Black - Bowser

The Super Mario Bros. Movie left Jack Black's villainous Bowser defeated and shrunken down to live out his days in a tiny cage. But as fans of the Mario games know, the King Koopa does not go down that easy. So surely, he will be back in the sequel ready to seek revenge and probably coming along with another killer musical number to boot. 

Keegan Micheal-Key - Toad

Keegan Micheal-Key was hilarious as the adorable Toad in the first Mario film, and he will likely be just as funny in the second. Seeing as this mushroom-capped cutie serves the Mushroom Kingdom crown and (in turn) Princess Peach, wherever she goes, he will follow. 

Seth Rogen - Donkey Kong

A character primed for more action in the Mario Movie world is Seth Rogen's Donkey Kong. The Canadian comedian brought the iconic ape to life, standing out as one of the best parts of the first film. Now, not only does he feel primed to pop up in a sequel, but there are rumors he could be the focus of his own Donkey Kong spin-off film as well.

Kevin Michael Richardson - Kamek

If Bowser is going to get out of his teeny-tiny imprisonment in the Mario Movie sequel, he is going to need the help of his right-hand Koopa, Kamek. It is currently unknown what became of Kamek at the end of The Super Mario Bros. Movie, but some have theorized he could be back in the Dark Lands rallying the troops to get back Bowser.

Charles Martinet

Charles Martinet (the video game voice of Mario ever since a voice was introduced for the character) had the chance to cameo in The Super Mario Bros. Movie, and that will likely be the same when The Mario Movie 2 inevitably happens. In the first film, the longtime voice actor played both Giuseppe (an enthusiastic arcade patron) as well as Mario's father. If he were to come back, seeing him reprise his role as Papa Mario would make the most sense. 

Will Wario and Waluigi Be in Super Mario Movie 2?


After focusing on Mario's primary big bad Bowser in the first movie The Super Mario Bros. Movie 2 could be the perfect place to introduce a pair of iconic Mario series villains in Wario and Waluigi, the purple and yellow foils to Mario and Luigi.

The dastardly duo has not been confirmed to exist in Illumination's animated Nintendo universe, but Jack Black previously talked about wanting to see the two characters appear. He even brought up the name Pedro Pascal as the person he would want to see play Wario if the anti-Mario Bros. were to pop up. 

Who Will Be the Villain in Mario Movie 2?


Of course, with Bowser still very much at play (albeit locked away in his tiny cage), Jack Black's King of the Koopa still could be the primary antagonist of a potential sequel.

Black himself has a few ideas of where his villain could end up in the sequel, pitching to the Variety Awards Circuit Podcast, via IGN, that the movie should be "a full musical" in the vein of Joker: Folie à Deux and could be called Bowser's Revenge. However, there are also a few other names that could take the big bad branding in Mario Bros. 2

Wario and Waluigi feel like the most natural choice, with many having speculated the pair would either show up in the first movie or be a part of some sort of post-credits tease. 

King Bob-Omb and King Boo also are natural candidates, as they both were teased in The Super Mario Bros. Movie, appearing in the wedding sequence seen in the third act of the film. 

Other names that could spring up to take on a villain role could be Bowser's in-universe son Bowser Jr. who has taken on Mario a number of times in the past, the Koopalings (a clan of seven musically themed Bowser followers), and - if Illumination wanted to go for a deep cut - Wart - who has not been seen in the mainline Mario universe since Super Mario Bros. 2 in 1988.

Will Yoshi Be in Mario Movie 2?

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Yoshi will almost definitely be a key addition to The Mario Bros. Movie 2.

Mario's prehistoric best friend was the focus of the first movie's post-credits scene, his signature green and white egg appearing in the sewers beneath Brooklyn.

While a stampede of Yoshi's can be seen during The Super Mario Bros. Movie, fans have yet to be introduced to the iconic green Yoshi that pals around with the series' titular plumber. 

Perhaps the sequel could see Mario, Luigi, and co. venture to Yoshi's homeworld, the aptly named Yoshi's Island, instead of another jaunt through the familiar Mushroom Kingdom.

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Release Date
April 05, 2023
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- About The Author: Klein Felt
Klein Felt is a Senior Editor at The Direct. Joining the website back in 2020, he helped jumpstart video game content on The Direct. Klein plays a vital role as a part of the site's content team, demonstrating expertise in all things PlayStation, Marvel, and the greater entertainment industry.