Detective Pikachu Cast Revealed as Principal Photography Begins

I still haven’t quite wrapped my brain around the fact that we’re getting a Detective Pikachu movie, let alone with Ryan Reynolds providing the voice of the titular Pokemon.  Frankly, the fact we’ve gone this long without a live-action Pokemon film is baffling in and of itself, but moreso our first one is Detective Pikachu.  The game itself (from which the film borrows its story) hasn’t even launch in the States, but gamers will finally get their chance to check it out in March, which will

This morning, Legendary Pictures has announced the start of filming along with a confirmation on the rest of the cast, which includes the incredible Ken Watanabe: 

Starring Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool series), Ken Watanabe (Godzilla), Justice Smith (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) and Kathryn Newton (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), the film is from director Rob Letterman (Goosebumps, Gulliver’s Travels) and writers Nicole Perlman and Letterman—with Eric Pearson and Tom McCarthy having completed the production polishes.  Detective Pikachu arrives in theaters in North America on May 10, 2019.

Pokémon has delighted fans of all ages around the world for over two decades.  With more than 300 million video games sold worldwide, 23.6 billion Pokémon TCG cards shipped to 74 countries, and an animated series spanning 20 seasons, Pokémon is one of the most successful entertainment properties in the world.

Mary Parent and Cale Boyter produce Detective Pikachu for Legendary Entertainment, while Joe Caracciolo, Jr. (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Logan) and The Pokémon Company’s Tsunekazu Ishihara serve as its executive producers. Legendary’s Alexandra Mendes co-produces. 

The talented creative team includes director of photography John Mathieson (Logan, Gladiator), production designer Nigel Phelps (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Transformers: Dark of the Moon), editor Mark Sanger (Gravity, The Jungle Book), costume designer Suzie Harman (RocknRolla, The Death of Stalin).  The film’s visual effects will be crafted by Moving Picture Company (The Jungle Book, Wonder Woman) and Framestore (Paddington 2, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2).

Detective Pikachu will hit theaters on May 10, 2019.