Pokémon: Detective Pikachu Live-Action Film's Japanese Dub Stars Ryōma Takeuchi
posted on by Jennifer Sherman
A press event held at the Grand Hyatt hotel in Roppongi, Tokyo on Thursday revealed that actor Ryōma Takeuchi (live-action Sensei Kunshu, Aozora Yell films; seen second from left in image below) will voice the main character Tim Goodman in the Japanese dub of Warner Bros.' live-action Pokémon Detective Pikachu film. The role will be Takeuchi's first voice-acting role in a Japanese dub of a Western film. The event also revealed that the film will open in Japan in May 2019.
Justice Smith (seen second from right in image above), who will play Tim, and Kathryn Newton (far right), who will play Lucy, also appeared at the event with the film's director Rob Letterman (far left).
The film is slated to debut in the United States on May 10, 2019.
Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool) will play Detective Pikachu. Justice Smith (The Get Down) will star as another main character Tim Goodman, a teen who teams with Pikachu in order to find his missing father, and Kathryn Newton (Big Little Lies) will play the "sassy journalist" Lucy. Ken Watanabe (Legendary's Godzilla) will play original character Detective Yoshida. Bill Nighy (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Love Actually), Chris Geere (You're the Worst), Suki Waterhouse (Assassination Nation), Rita Ora (Fifty Shades Freed), and Omar Chaparro (Stuck, Overboard 2018) are also part of the cast.
Legendary Entertainment acquired the live-action film rights for the Pokémon franchise in July 2016. The Hollywood Reporter reported in April 2016 that Legendary Entertainment, Warner Bros., and Sony were engaged in an auction for the rights. Warner already released several of the animated Pokémon films, starting with Pokemon: The First Movie in North American theaters in 1999. Warner then released Pokemon 2000 - The Movie and 2001's Pokemon 3 - The Movie.
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