Most Mario fans know that Princess Peach is usually the damsel in distress in Mario games, and Mario has to set out to save her. In the upcoming Super Mario Bros. movie, Princess Peach instead joins Mario in the fight against Bowser.

In an interview with Total Film magazine, Super Mario movie directors Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic, spoke about why Princess Peach is swapping out her traditional role for a more proactive position.

“It’s Mario’s goal to save his brother from Bowser’s clutches. He has to go on this epic adventure to do that. So Luigi, who’s a famously nervous, anxious character, finds himself in the worst possible predicament: having to survive interrogations with Bowser, and make it through that gauntlet.

(Peach is) the monarch who leads this kingdom of hapless, adorable Toads. We were thinking how strong that person would need to be to protect those people. All that informed the idea for Peach’s character in our movie.”

[Directors Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic]

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