A millennial dream to see their favourite cartoon is set to be materialised! Warner Bros. has launched the first trailer of POKÉMON Detective Pikachu, reinvigorating the adorable pocket monsters from animation sphere right into the realm of live-action.
The first-ever live-action Pokémon movie stars Ryan Reynolds as the lead character in the first-ever live-action movie based on the face of the global Pokémon brand- one of the world’s most popular, multi-generation entertainment properties and most successful media franchises of all time.
Pikachu will now grace the big screen as a talking detective and the film also offers airtime to a wide array of beloved Pokémon characters, each with its own unique abilities and personality. The official synopsis goes:
The story begins when ace private eye Harry Goodman goes mysteriously missing, prompting his 21-year-old son Tim to find out what happened. Aiding in the investigation is Harry’s former Pokémon partner, Detective Pikachu: a hilariously wise-cracking, adorable super-sleuth who is a puzzlement even to himself. Finding that they are uniquely equipped to communicate with one another, Tim and Pikachu join forces on a thrilling adventure to unravel the tangled mystery. Chasing clues together through the neon-lit streets of Ryme City, a modern metropolis where humans and Pokémon live side by side in a hyper-realistic live-action world, they encounter a diverse cast of Pokémon characters and uncover a shocking plot that could destroy this peaceful co-existence and threaten the whole Pokémon universe.
The movie also features Justice Smith as Tim; Kathryn Newton as Lucy, a junior reporter following her first big story; and Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe as Lt. Yoshida.
Directed by Rob Letterman, the POKÉMON Detective Pikachu creative film-making team includes two-time Oscar-nominated director of photography John Mathieson, production designer Nigel Phelps and Oscar-winning editor Mark Sanger. Visual effects are done by Moving Picture Company and Framestore.
Launched in 1996, Pokemon catapulted into becoming a global sensation that now encompasses a robust video gaming fandom with over 300 million units sold worldwide.
POKÉMON Detective Pikachu is slated to release on 10 May 2019 which will be distributed outside Japan and China by Warner Bros.