The developing Detective Pikachu movie will see the venerable Pokemon franchise finally make its live-action debut.


Den of Geek Staff

Feb 13, 2018

The Detective Pikachu movie will not only see the most famous fictional rodent since Mickey Mouse star in his own feature film (voiced by Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds), but will also serve as a live-action debut for the Pokémon franchise overall!

Here’s everything we know about this intriguing adaptation!

Detective Pikachu Movie News

Rita Ora is the latest acquisition to the Detective Pikachu movie cast, set to play an unspecified role, according to THR.

Ora, a British-Kosovan singer, has been making a transition to acting, having fielded a supporting role as Christian Grey’s sister, Mia, in all three of the Fifty Shades movies, including its finale in current box office topper Fifty Shades Freed. Ora’s other notable recent roles include the 2015 Jake Gyllenhaal boxing drama, Southpaw, and a starring role in TV series short Love Advent. She’ll next be seen in the upcoming fantasy drama, Wonderwell, in which she will appear opposite the late Star Wars icon, Carrie Fisher (in what will stand as one of Fisher’s last credited roles).

Detective Pikachu Movie Release Date

The live-action Detective Pikachu movie, based on the 2016 Pokémon video game Great Detective Pikachu, will hit theaters on May 10th, 2019.

Detective Pikachu Movie Cast

Detective Pikachu will star Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool) in the motion capture role of Pikachu. It’s unclear if Reynolds will also lend his voice to the character, which could prove to be a bit controversial considering how fans reacted to the first time Pikachu spoke in a movie.

Justice Smith (Get Down) co-stars as a kid who needs to find his missing father, and Kathryn Newton (Big Little Lies), who is described as a “sassy journalist” who helps Smith’s character and Detective Pikachu on the case.

Ken Watanabe has joined in an unspecified role being written specifically for the film, according to The Hollywood Reporter. 

Bill Nighy (Love Actually) and Chris Geere (You’re the Worst) were announced for the cast of the Detective Pikachu movie for undisclosed role.

Detective Pikachu Movie Details

Detective Pikachu is being helmed by Rob Letterman, who is best known for adapting R.L. Stine’s ’90s kid nostalgia pic, Goosebumps, for Sony. Turning that into an all-ages comedy did wonders for the studio, and a sequel is expected to be on the way. Alex Hirsch and Nicole Perlman penned the script for Detective Pikachu.

Legendary bought the international Pokémon movie rights in summer 2016 and has slowly been putting this movie together. It will also be produced through Universal Pictures, who will distribute the film in the U.S. and most international markets. Toho Co, Ltd., the movie studio behind all the animated Pokémon movies, will maintain the Japanese rights to the brand.