'Pokémon: Detective Pikachu': Release date, plot, cast and everything you need to know about the Ryan Reynolds starrer

'Pokémon: Detective Pikachu': Release date, plot, cast and everything you need to know about the Ryan Reynolds starrer

Finally, Pokémon will have its own live-action adaptation! Nearly 22 cartoon seasons later, we are going to witness 'Pokémon: Detective Pikachu' with the most famous rodent after Mickey Mouse and Stuart Little starring in his very own feature film, voiced by Ryan Reynolds.  The movie, based on the 2016 Pokémon GO game, will also feature a slew of different Pokémon. In addition to two official trailers, WB has also released three TV spots that offer a glimpse of Reynold's preparation to voicing the beloved character ahead of the movie,  the different Pokémon in the movie and a comic snippet between Pikachu and Tim Goodman (Justice Smith).


'Pokémon: Detective Pikachu' is slated to release on May 10, 2019.

'In my head, that's not how I wanted it to be' - Pikachu (IMDb)


According to the synopsis from the movie's official website, the story kicks off with ace detective Harry Goodman (Paul Kitson), who goes missing under mysterious circumstances.  His 21-year old son, Tim Goodman, takes it on himself to find his missing father and is aided in his investigation by Detective Pikachu, his father's former Pokémon partner. Pikachu is shown as a wise-cracking, hilarious and adorable supersleuth. To make things interesting, the two unlikely partners have the ability to easily communicate with each other. Thus begins a journey where they do not just encounter formidable friends, but also uncover a shocking plot that could very well destroy the peaceful co-existence between Pokémon and humans on Earth.


Ryan Reynolds voices Detective Pikachu while 'Get Down' star Justice Smith essays the role of Tim Goodman, a Pokémon trainer who decides to investigate the mystery of his missing father on his own. Kathryn Newton, from 'Paranormal Activity 4'  and 'Big Little Lies', takes on the role of a reporter who assists the duo in the investigation. The support characters include Ken Watanabe and Omar Chaparro who play a detective and a Pokemon trainer respectively.


The movie will be helmed by Rob Letterman, who was famous for recreating RL Stine's 'Goosebumps' into a horror-comedy movie in 2015. The script is penned by Alex Hirsch and Nicole Perlman.




The first trailer introduces Pikachu as a fast-talking, adorable Pikachu who meets Tim Goodman for the first time in Ryme City. We also get glimpses of other Pokémon such as Charmander, Psyduck, Bulbasaur and Charizard. In addition, the trailer also shows the attempts the two make to interrogate potential suspects.

The second trailer shows that Pikachu woke up with a bad case of amnesia and the only clue he has about his missing partner, Harry is his cap with the address pasted inside it.  We also get a glimpse of Mewto in the two-and-a-half minute snippet.


Sneak Peek: Casting Detective Pikachu:

The 30-second snippet shows a bunch of Pokémon who appear in the film along with their superpowers.

Featurette: Becoming Pikachu

The video shows a behind-the-scenes of Reynold's arduous preparation when he got confirmation that he would play Pikachu. 


TV Spot:

If you like 'Pokémon: Detective Pikachu', you may also like:

'Stuart Little'

'Alvin and the Chipmunks'

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