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Pokémon: Detective Pikachu Film's Japanese Dub Casts Ryōma Takeuchi, Marie Iitoyo

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Film opens in U.S., Japan on May 10

The official Japanese website for Legendary Entertainment and Warner Bros.' live-action Pokémon Detective Pikachu film revealed the Japanese dub voice actors for the film's main characters on Wednesday. Ryōma Takeuchi will play protagonist Tim Goodman, while Marie Iitoyo will play Lucy. The Mainichi Shimbun newspaper's MAiDiGi TV YouTube channel is also streaming a Japanese-subtitled trailer for the film (the video features the same footage as last month's trailer).

The film is slated to debut in the United States and Japan on May 10.

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.

Rob Letterman (Shark Tale, Monsters vs. Aliens, Goosebumps) is directing the film, with scripts by Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Letterman.

The film started production in London in mid-January. Warner Bros. will distribute the film in North America and TOHO will distribute the film in Japan. A sequel has reportedly already been greenlit.

The film is based on the Detective Pikachu Nintendo 3DS game, which debuted in Japan in 2016. An extended version shipped in the West in March 2018.

Sources: Pokémon Detective Pikachu film's Japanese website, Mainchi Shimbun's Mantan Web, MAiDiGi TV's YouTube channel


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