Warner Bros. Pictures released the first official “Pokémon Detective Pikachu” trailer this afternoon. The new installment will be the first-ever live-action Pokémon movie and stars Ryan Reynolds as the titular character. Fans of the franchise can watch the official trailer below.
In the new film Pikachu now has a job, the talking gumshoe is now ‘Detective Pikachu’ and he’s on the case. 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 wise-cracking, 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 adventure to unravel the mystery. The studio describes the story adding, “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.”
Also starring in the film are 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.
The film was directed by Rob Letterman (“Goosebumps,” “Monsters Vs. Aliens”) and the creative 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”). The visual effects are by Moving Picture Company (“Wonder Woman”) and Framestore (“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”).
Warner Bros. Pictures‘ “POKÉMON Detective Pikachu” is set for release on May 10, 2019.