During the 2018 Pokémon World Championships today, the full title of the upcoming live-action Pokémon film, “Pokémon Detective Pikachu”, was revealed. Director Rob Letterman and actors Justice Smith and Kathryn Newton also took the stage in a surprise appearance to announce the title and get fans excited for the film’s release.
The announcement came as part of the opening ceremonies of the 2018 Pokémon World Championships, The Pokémon Company along with its partners from Legendary Entertainment, unveiled the official title and logo for the first-ever live action Pokémon movie, “Pokémon Detective Pikachu”.
Mr. Tsunekazu Ishihara, president of The Pokémon Company, welcomed the movie’s director, Rob Letterman, and actors Justice Smith and Kathryn Newton to the stage for the surprise reveal. The stars also engaged the room full of the world’s best Pokémon players in a chant of “Pikachu!” which was recorded for use in the upcoming film, premiering in theaters May 10, 2019.
The film has a very impressive cast behind it, including Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool) as the voice of Detective Pikachu. The cast is also expected to include Kathryn Newton, Bill Nighy, Suki Waterhouse, Ken Watanabe, Rita Ora, and Zoë Scott.
If you’re a fan of everything Pokémon, then you probably know that the 2018 Pokémon World Championships started today and will run through August 26th. If you couldn’t attend this year’s big event, you can hit Pokemon.com for updates throughout the week, as well as Twitch.tv/Pokemon to view matches from all three days of the competition.
The May 2019 release date could cause a bottleneck at the box-office. If everything goes according to plan, May 10th will be one-week after the next untitled Avengers film, a franchise that does very well through the entire month. “Pokémon Detective Pikachu” is also releasing the same weekend as the Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson comedy “The Hustle” and the film adaptation of “Uglydolls”. If none of the dates change, it will be interesting to see Pokémon battle the Avengers during week-two of the film’s release, but we have a few more months to go before all the premiere dates are locked down.