‘Detective Pikachu’ Film Gains Ken Watanabe

We’re still not really sure what Universal and Legendary Pictures are planning with their upcoming live-action Pokemon film Detective Pikachu, but their cast sure is getting good.

Ken Watanabe attends The DreamWorks SKG and Sony Pictures Premiere of "Memoirs of a Geisha" held at The Kodak Theater in Hollywood, California on December 4, 2005.
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Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe (The Last Samurai, Inception) has just been brought in to join the cast, apparently in a role that was specifically created for the film (so says The Hollywood Reporter, in anycase). Watanabe will play a character named Detective Yoshida, and theoretically maybe he’ll be someone who Detective Pikachu works with or for.

Ryan Reynolds has been attached to star as the electric type pokemon Detective Pikachu, who reportedly sets himself apart from other pikachus by presenting himself as a self-styled investigator who is good at finding things.

You can tell he’s a detective now, because of his Sherlock hat. And also his angry face. Obviously he’s seen some stuff, man.

Justice Smith (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) and Kathryn Newton (Big Little Lies) are also on board. The story is set into motion when Smith’s character’s father is kidnapped, forcing the teen to team up with Pikachu in order to find him.

Director Rob Letterman (Goosebumps) is helming the film from the director’s chair, and word is production will start with shooting beginning later this month in London. The original script is by Nicole Perlman and Alex Hirsch, with Eric Pearson and Tom McCarthy completing some ‘production polishes’ on the final shooting draft.

Detective Pikachu is set to hit theaters on May 10th, 2019.


About Mary Anne Butler

Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool.

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