John Leguizamo has slammed the upcoming ‘Super Mario’ remake for the lack of diversity in the film’s cast.
In a since-deleted tweet, he wrote, “So glad #SuperMarioBros is rebooting! Obviously it’s pretty iconic [sic]. “
“But too bad they’re all white! No Latinx in the lead! Groundbreaking colorblind cast in the original! Plus, I’m the only one who knows how to make this movie work story-wise!” he added.
Leguizamo also shared photos of him playing Luigi and Bob Hoskins as Mario in the original film, released in 1993.
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“Apologize to that movie right now!” he added in the caption of one of the photos.
The animated remake will star Chris Pratt and Charlie Day as Mario and Luigi. Anya Taylor-Joy will portray Princess Peach, while Seth Rogen will portray Donkey Kong.
Representatives for Leguizamo and Pratt did not respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.
The producers of “The Super Mario Bros. Movie” previously said that each actor was specifically chosen to bring uniqueness to the characters.
“We’re working with Chris and his experienced team to create not just a character-licensed movie, but new entertainment that brings Super Mario Bros. to life on screen and lets everyone enjoy whether they know it or not. the game.” Shigeru Miyamoto said in a statement to Variety at the time.
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“The production so far is constructive and going very well, and both parties are learning a lot from each other. We humbly ask fans to wait a little longer for the premiere, and we hope that ‘they can’t wait to see the unique characters of Super Mario Bros. on the big screen.”
The first trailer for the film was released in early October.
“The Super Mario Bros. Movie” was originally scheduled for a December 2022 release date, but was delayed to April 2023.
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Pratt explained that he was working on the film and revealed that Mario’s voice was “unlike anything you’ve heard”.
“I worked very closely with the directors and tried a few things and landed on something that I’m really proud of and can’t wait for people to see and hear,” Pratt told Variety.
“It’s an animated voice-over story. It’s not a live-action movie. I’m not going to wear a plumber costume everywhere. I’m giving an animated character a voice, and it’s updated and is unlike anything you’ve heard in the world of ‘Mario’ before.”
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