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Detective Pikachu Film Reveals New Video, Behind-the-Scenes Featurette

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

Actor Ryan Reynolds' YouTube channel began streaming a video for Legendary Entertainment and Warner Bros.' live-action Pokémon Detective Pikachu film on April 22. The video, titled "What a Pikachu World," highlights the character Detective Pikachu. Warner Bros. UK also began streaming a behind-the-scenes video for the film on April 24.

The film will open in Japan on May 3 and then debut in the United States on May 10.

Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool) plays Detective Pikachu. Justice Smith (The Get Down) stars as main character Tim Goodman, a teen who teams with Pikachu in order to find his missing father, and Kathryn Newton (Big Little Lies) plays the "sassy journalist" Lucy. Ken Watanabe (Legendary's Godzilla) plays original character Detective Yoshida. The cast also includes 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). In the Japanese dub, Marie Iitoyo plays Lucy.

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 2018. 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.

Legendary Entertainment acquired the live-action film rights for the Pokémon franchise in July 2016.

Legendary Comics will publish a graphic novel adaptation of the film. Brian Buccellato is writing the work, and Nelson Dániel is drawing the art.

Source: Ryan Reynolds' YouTube channel, Warner Bros. UK's YouTube channel via Otakomu

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