Detective Pikachu (film)
|Directed by||Rob Letterman|
|Edited by||Mark Sanger|
Warner Bros. Pictures|
Detective Pikachu (also known as Pokémon: Detective Pikachu) is an upcoming mystery comedy film directed by Rob Letterman and written by Nicole Perlman and Letterman, based on the video game of the same name. The film is an American and Japanese venture produced by Legendary Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures and Toho. It will be the first live-action film based on the Pokémon franchise. The film stars Ryan Reynolds as the voice of Detective Pikachu, with Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton, Ken Watanabe, Suki Waterhouse, Chris Geere, Rita Ora and Bill Nighy in live-action roles.
It is slated for release in the United States on May 10, 2019.
- Ryan Reynolds as the voice of Detective Pikachu, the main Pokémon character.
- Justice Smith as Tim Goodman, Detective Pikachu’s trainer and partner.
- Kathryn Newton as Lucy Stevens, a reporter.
- Ken Watanabe as Detective Yoshida
- Bill Nighy
- Suki Waterhouse
- Chris Geere
- Rita Ora
- Omar Chaparro
In April 2016, it was reported by The Hollywood Reporter that Warner Bros., Sony Pictures and Legendary Pictures were in negotiations for live-action film rights to Pokémon. Later in July 2016, Deadline Hollywood reported that Legendary was nearing to close a deal for the film after the success of Pokémon Go. On July 20, 2016, it was reported that Legendary and The Pokémon Company had signed on a deal together to make the first live-action film in the franchise, which would be based on the character Detective Pikachu. Max Landis was reported to be writing the screenplay, while Universal Pictures will handle the distribution outside Japan, under a deal with Legendary. On August 16, 2016, Nicole Perlman and Alex Hirsch were in negotiations with Legendary to write the screenplay. On November 30, 2016, Legendary hired Rob Letterman to direct the film, which the studio had fast-tracked for production to start in 2017, while Toho would handle the Japanese distribution.
In November 2017, Justice Smith was cast in the lead human role, with Kathryn Newton cast to costar after an intense session of reading and testing actresses who would appear opposite Smith. Newton beat out Natalia Dyer, Haley Lu Richardson, and Katherine Langford for the role. In December 2017, Ryan Reynolds was cast in the titular role to be portrayed via motion-capture. Other actors considered for the role were Dwayne Johnson, Mark Wahlberg, and Hugh Jackman. In January 2018, with production commencing, Ken Watanabe, Bill Nighy, and Chris Geere joined the cast. In February 2018, Suki Waterhouse and Rita Ora joined the cast. In April 2018, Omar Chaparro joined the cast.
Principal production began on January 15, 2018, in London, England. Nine days later, Legendary announced that principal photography had officially begun. The press release revealed that Alex Hirsch was not involved with the final draft of the script and that Nicole Perlman and Rob Letterman were the only ones credited. Principal photography concluded on May 1, 2018.
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