Not as far off as we thought.
Last week, we learned that A-list actor, Ryan Reynolds, would be playing the lead role in the Detective Pikachu movie as (you guessed it) our favorite electric rodent, Pikachu. Not only will Reynolds be providing voice work for Pikachu, but the star will also be doing motion-capture for the role. What we didn’t know last week, was the release date for the upcoming film, which according to Deadline (via Nintendo Wire) will be falling on May 10, 2019, two days before Mothers Day.
Detective Pikachu marks the first time that the Pokemon franchise has gone into the world of live-action. Joining Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool) will be Justice Smith (Jurassic World: Lost Kingdom) and Kathyrn Newton (Big Little Lies).
Filming is set to start early next year in London with Rob Letterman (Goosebumps, Shark Tale) directing and if you weren’t aware, the film is based off the 3DS exclusive title Great Detective Pikachu, a spin-off that has not seen release outside of Japan. The game has you playing as a talking Pikachu who solves mysteries with his good friend, Tim Goodman. There have not been any announcements on a western release, but just today, the 3DS game was rated 3+ by PEGI, the European video game rating board, so this may be a telltale sign that the game may be on its way to other territories.
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