The first trailer’s arrived for POKÉMON Detective Pikachu starring Ryan Reynolds as Pikachu. Yes, you read that right. Ryan Reynolds is voicing Pikachu. The 2019 action adventure film, which marks the first live-action Pokémon movie, also features Justice Smith as Tim, the human who teams up with the weird creature to solve crimes.
Joining Ryan Reynolds (the Deadpool franchise) and Justice Smith (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) are Kathryn Newton (Lady Bird, Big Little Lies) as Lucy, a junior reporter following her first big story; and Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe (The Last Samurai) as Lt. Yoshida.
Rob Letterman (Goosebumps, Monsters Vs. Aliens) directed the film and wrote the screenplay with Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain Marvel).
Letterman’s behind the scenes team includes Oscar nominated director of photography John Mathieson (The Phantom of the Opera, Gladiator), production designer Nigel Phelps (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Lies), and Oscar-winning editor Mark Sanger (Gravity). Moving Picture Company (Wonder Woman) and Framestore (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2) handled the visual effects.
Detective Pikachu is set to open in theaters on Friday, May 10, 2019.
The POKÉMON Detective Pikachu Plot:
The story begins when ace detective Harry Goodman goes mysteriously missing, prompting his 21-year-old son Tim to find out what happened. Aiding in the investigation is Harry’s former Pokémon partner, Detective Pikachu: a hilariously wise-cracking, adorable super-sleuth who is a puzzlement even to himself. Finding that they are uniquely equipped to communicate with one another, Tim and Pikachu join forces on a thrilling adventure to unravel the tangled mystery.
Chasing clues together through the neon-lit streets of Ryme City—a sprawling, modern metropolis where humans and Pokémon live side by side in a hyper-realistic live-action world—they encounter a diverse cast of Pokémon characters and uncover a shocking plot that could destroy this peaceful co-existence and threaten the whole Pokémon universe.