Pokemon fans have another “Pokémon: Detective Pikachu” trailer to watch. The last time with checked-in with Detective Pikachu was earlier this month when Warner Bros. Pictures released the “BIG” trailer and set the May 10th release date. The new Pokemon film will open 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. Those adult-oriented films shouldn’t hinder Detective Pikachu’s debut in theaters, but there are a few kid-friendly movies launching in May that Pikachu will have to compete with.
“Detective Pikachu” is the first live-action movie in the franchise and stars Ryan Reynolds as the titular character. 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 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. You can look for your favorites in the trailer below.
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”).
May is always a busy month at the box office, and this year “Detective Pikachu” will battle “Uglydolls,” which is releasing on May 3, 2019. “Detective Pikachu” will have to battle “A Dog’s Journey” during its follow-up 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.