This previous Thursday’s Nintendo Direct revealed the forged for the animated Super Mario movie. And Chris Pratt, who is about to voice Mario in the movie, took to Instagram to let everybody know that the crew has been “working hard at it.”

“It’s a-me, a-Mario,” stated Pratt in an Instagram video utilizing a voice that was very a lot not much like that of the long-lasting plumber. (“That’s not the voice,” he clarified instantly afterward).

Pratt begins the video waxing poetic about longingly gazing a Super Mario arcade game that he at all times needed to play however by no means had 1 / 4 for. He resorted to stealing cash out of wishing wells to play. Now, he says he’s excited to voice the character, even when meaning he by accident stole somebody’s want.

In addition to Chris Pratt, the Super Mario movie will even star Anya Taylor-Joy (Emma) as Peach, Charlie Day (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) as Luigi, Seth Rogen (Long Shot) as Donkey Kong and Jack Black (Kung-Fu Panda) as Bowser. Charles Martinet, the longtime voice actor behind Mario (to not point out Wario), will even be concerned in the mission in some capability, although he is not going to be the lead function. The movie comes from Illumination, the studio behind Despicable Me and the Minions empire.

The casting information has sparked some combined reactions from followers, particularly contemplating the longtime voice actors for the characters are … proper there. This resulted in various memes of unbelievable (but completely not inconceivable!) casting selections.

The Super Mario movie will hit theaters in the United States on Dec. 21, 2022.