Warner Bros. Pictures has set a date for “Pokémon: Detective Pikachu,” releasing a new trailer for the live-action movie that is coming to theaters this Spring. The film will officially hit cinemas on May 10th, opening against the Anne Hathaway, Rebel Wilson comedy “The Hustle,” and the comedy “Poms” with Diane Keaton, Pam Grier, Jacki Weaver, Bruce McGill, and Rhea Perlman.
“Detective Pikachu” is the first live-action movie in the franchise, and stars Ryan Reynolds as the titular character. The story begins when private eye Harry Goodman goes missing, prompting his 21-year-old son Tim to find out what happened to him. Aiding in the investigation is Harry’s former Pokémon partner, Detective Pikachu. Finding that they are uniquely equipped to communicate with one another, Tim and Pikachu join forces on an adventure to unravel the mystery.
The film brings fans to Ryme City, a modern metropolis where humans and Pokémon live side by side. Fans of the franchise will see dozens of Pokémon characters throughout the story, many of which are making their big-screen debut.
Fans of the long-running franchise can watch the trailer below.
The film 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.
Directed by Rob Letterman (“Goosebumps,” “Monsters Vs. Aliens”), 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”). Visual effects are by Moving Picture Company (“Wonder Woman”) and Framestore (“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”).
“Detective Pikachu” will have a lot of competition in the G through PG-13 bracket in May. “Uglydolls” is starting the month on May 3rd with the franchise’s first feature film. If it’s a hit, the follow-up weekend could split the box office with “Detective Pikachu,” but the close premiere date could also bury “Uglydolls” in its second weekend. “Detective Pikachu” will have to battle “A Dog’s Journey” the following weekend, and Disney’s live-action “Aladdin” and the “Minecraft” animated-comedy the weekend after that.
Warner Bros. Pictures will release “Pokémon: Detective Pikachu” on May 10th.