It’s here. The trailer for the first-ever live-action Pokémon movie, POKÉMON Detective Pikachu.
To be honest this movie dropped off my radar. After the logo reveal a few months ago I didn’t think we’d get a trailer this soon, so when it dropped today I was curious. And now I’m super excited for the film.
POKÉMON Detective Pikachu stars Ryan Reynolds as the titular character in the first-ever live-action movie based on the iconic Pokémon franchise.
Fans everywhere can now experience Pikachu on the big screen as never before, as a talking 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.
Based on the Nintendo 3DS title which was released earlier in the year, the story begins when ace private eye Harry Goodman goes mysteriously 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.
A lot of people have compared Pikachu to Deadpool, which is fair considering the voice behind the electric mouse. I personally loved the Deadpool films so this is fine by me.
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.
Ironically, Nintendo is doing maintenance on the Nintendo eShop tonight so if you were looking to check out and download Detective Pikachu 3DS game you’ll have to wait for a little bit. The game may also disappear from stores in the next little while as people look to check out this side game.
The movie looks like it’s taking place right up to where we are in the mainline games after Sun/Moon and Ultra Sun/Moon as Generation VII Pokémon can be seen in the trailer. Right near the start of the trailer the Pokémon Comfey can, which was introduced in Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, be seen floating above the crowd.
POKÉMON Detective Pikachu opens in theatres on May 11th, 2019.