The first-ever live-action Pokémon adventure, ‘POKÉMON Detective Pikachu’ stars Ryan Reynolds (‘Deadpool’, ‘The Croods’, ‘Green Lantern’) as Pikachu, the iconic face of the global Pokémon phenomenon – one of the world’s most popular, multi-generation entertainment properties and the most successful media franchise of all time. The world of Pokémon comes to life!
Fans everywhere can now experience Pikachu on the big screen as never before, as Detective Pikachu, a Pokémon like no other. The film also showcases a wide array of beloved Pokémon characters, each with its own unique abilities and personality.
The story begins when ace private eye Harry Goodman mysteriously goes missing, prompting his 21-year-old son Tim to find out what happened. Aiding in the investigation is Harry’s former Pokémon partner, Detective Pikachu: a hilariously wise-cracking, adorable super-sleuth who is a puzzlement even to himself. Finding that they are uniquely equipped to communicate with one another, Tim and Pikachu join forces on a thrilling adventure to unravel the tangled mystery. Chasing clues together through the neon-lit streets of Ryme City – a sprawling, modern metropolis where humans and Pokémon live side by side in a hyper-realistic live-action world—they encounter a diverse cast of Pokémon characters and uncover a shocking plot that could destroy this peaceful co-existence and threaten the whole Pokémon universe.
POKÉMON Detective Pikachu also stars Justice Smith (‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’) as Tim; Kathryn Newton (‘Lady Bird’, TV’s ‘Big Little Lies’) as Lucy, a junior reporter following her first big story; and Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe (‘Godzilla’, ‘The Last Samurai’) as Lt. Yoshida. Also starring UK talent; Rita Ora (‘Fifty Shades of Grey’), Suki Waterhouse (‘The Divergent Series: Insurgent’) and Bill Nighy (‘Pirates of the Caribbean’).
Directed by Rob Letterman (‘Goosebumps’, ‘Monsters Vs. Aliens’), the ‘POKÉMON Detective Pikachu’ creative filmmaking team includes two-time Oscar nominated director of photography John Mathieson (‘The Phantom of the Opera’, ‘Gladiator’), production designer Nigel Phelps (‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Lies’) and Oscar-winning editor Mark Sanger (‘Gravity’). Visual effects are by Moving Picture Company (‘Wonder Woman’) and Framestore (‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’).
Launched in 1996 to overwhelming response, the Pokémon brand is a global sensation that now encompasses a robust video gaming fandom with over 300 million units sold worldwide; trading card games available in 11 languages with more than 23.6 billion cards purchased; an anime television series in its 20th season that is available in 98 countries; and animated films that have grossed more than $700 million at the box office; as well as books, manga comics, music, toys, merchandise, and apps, including the wildly popular Pokémon GO, that has been downloaded over 650 million times and is enjoyed across the globe by fans of all ages.
POKÉMON Detective Pikachu is set for release beginning May 10, 2019, with the film distributed outside Japan and China by Warner Bros. Pictures, and by Toho Company, Ltd. in Japan, and by Legendary East in China.
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