First look: Nintendo unveils first trailer of new ‘Super Mario Bros.’ movie coming next year

Chris Pratt, Jack Black, and Anya Taylor-Joy to star in most anticipated animated movie of 2023

FILE - In this June 11, 2014 file photo, Japanese video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto introduces the Nintendo's Mario Maker during a press event at the Nintendo booth at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, in Los Angeles. While the Japanese creator of "Mario Bros." and "Donkey Kong" spent most of his trip to last week's 2015 Electronic Entertainment Expo hyping the upcoming video games "Super Mario Maker" and "Star Fox Zero," Miyamoto is equally excited about his next project: bringing his digital creations to life in Universal theme parks. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File) (Jae C. Hong, Associated Press)

Nintendo fans got a sneak peek of the upcoming anticipated “Super Mario Bros. Movie on Thursday, and the reception was overwhelmingly positive.

In a video, dubbed “Nintendo Direct,” video game director and designer Shigeru Miyamoto said Nintendo worked with Illumination Studios to bring a new animated movie celebrating the world’s most beloved video game character.

RELATED: Super Mario Bros.’ is coming to the silver screen next year with an all-star cast -- including Chris Pratt

The movie is expected to bring an all-star cast -- with actor Chris Pratt lending his voice as “Mario” and Jack Black starring as Mario’s enemy “Bowser.” Other stars include comedian Sebastian Maniscalco, Anya Taylor-Joy and Keegan Michael-Key.

“Man, I spent hours stomping ‘Koopas’ in the original arcade game at my local laundromat,” Pratt said during the video. “It is an honor to speak to [Miyamoto] who created those memories for me, and it is an honor to work alongside him. It’s a lifelong dream.”

Miyamoto said last year that he was part of the creative side of the movie. He also enlisted Charles Martinet, the original video game voice of “Mario” to his creative team where he will be providing some “surprising” cameos.

Watch the full trailer here.

“The Super Mario Bros. Movie” is set to release in theaters April 6, 2023.

“Mario” fans! Are you excited about the new movie coming out? Tell us in the comments below.

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