UHMC: Super Mario Bros.
With news of the Sony leak and Nintendo partnering with Universal earlier this year, it’s only a matter of time before we see an attempt to reintroduce a film franchise based on the most beloved characters in the history of video games. Most of us remember (though we try to forget) the 1993 abomination starring Bob Hoskins, John Leguizamo, and Dennis Hopper. You’d think that such a stellar cast (and yes, that is stellar) would be able to make a Super Mario Bros. film at least bearable. But, no. In any case, I’ve done some thinking and I’ve come up with a stellar cast of my own. I’m not going to get into story ideas or concepts. This is strictly casting based on physical appearance and their performance in previous roles.
Mario/Josh Gad: An underrated actor who works well in any genre, Josh Gad is best known as Olaf in “Frozen.” He also had stellar performances in “Jobs” and “Thank You For Sharing.” He can be funny, he can be physical, he can be dramatic. Depending on the way the script is structured and his physical resemblance to the character we’ve all come to know and love, Josh Gad only needs to grow an obnoxious mustache and he’s set. I also think Jack Black could’ve been an amazing casting if this film were made 15 years ago.
Luigi/Jay Baruchel: A very funny actor best known as Kevin Sandusky in “Tropic Thunder” and the voice of Hiccup in the “How To Train Your Dragon” franchise. For our generation, Jay Baruchel can be the foul-mouthed and overzealous Luigi who means well but gets himself into trouble more as a result more than anything else.
Princess Peach/Emma Stone: Beautiful and versatile in her acting chops, Emma Stone can pull of a damsel in distress gracefully, comedically, or if need be, as a secret bad-ass. Her roles in “The Help”, “Birdman”, and “Easy A” are just a few examples of her versatility as an actress and could easily make the character of Princess Peach work from any approach or interpretation.
King Koopa (Bowser)/Ron Perlman: I wouldn’t cast a physical person to embody a 10-foot dragon, but if I had to, (with a little CG help) it would be Ron Perlman. I mean, he nailed the “Hellboy” series. A veteran actor with several decades under his belt in theater and film, Perlman would absolutely nail it. Personally, I would make Bowser entirely CG and Perlman would simply voice the character. I would not go the route of a human Bowser that then transforms like in the 1993 adaptation for obvious reasons.