After 19 animated Pokémon films, the iconic franchise is finally getting a live-action adapation. The Detective Pikachu movie will see the most famous fictional rodent since Mickey Mouse star in his own feature film (voiced by Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds). Pikachu will be joined by various other Pokémon in the film, which is based on a 2016 video game of the same name.
Here’s everything we know about this intriguing adaptation!
Detective Pikachu Movie Trailer
Pikachu speaks! The first trailer for the Pokémon live-action film is finally here. Watch it below!
Detective Pikachu Movie Release Date
The live-action Detective Pikachu movie, based on the 2016 Pokémon video game Great Detective Pikachu, will hit theaters on May 10th, 2019.
Detective Pikachu Movie Cast
Detective Pikachu will star Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool) in the motion capture role of Pikachu. It’s unclear if Reynolds will also lend his voice to the character, which could prove to be a bit controversial considering how fans reacted to the first time Pikachu spoke in a movie.
Justice Smith (Get Down) co-stars as a kid who needs to find his missing father, and Kathryn Newton (Big Little Lies), who is described as a “sassy journalist” who helps Smith’s character and Detective Pikachu on the case.
Rita Ora is the latest acquisition to the Detective Pikachu movie cast, set to play an unspecified role, according to THR.
Ken Watanabe has joined in an unspecified role being written specifically for the film, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Bill Nighy (Love Actually) and Chris Geere (You’re the Worst) were announced for the cast of the Detective Pikachu movie for undisclosed role.
Detective Pikachu Movie Details
Detective Pikachu is being helmed by Rob Letterman, who is best known for adapting R.L. Stine’s ’90s kid nostalgia pic, Goosebumps, for Sony. Turning that into an all-ages comedy did wonders for the studio, and a sequel is expected to be on the way. Alex Hirsch and Nicole Perlman penned the script for Detective Pikachu.
Legendary bought the international Pokémon movie rights in summer 2016 and has slowly been putting this movie together. It will also be produced through Universal Pictures, who will distribute the film in the U.S. and most international markets. Toho Co, Ltd., the movie studio behind all the animated Pokémon movies, will maintain the Japanese rights to the brand.