Watch the First 'Pokemon: Detective Pikachu' Trailer; Here's Everything We Know

Watch the First 'Pokemon: Detective Pikachu' Trailer; Here's Everything We Know

Nov 12, 2018

You weren't expecting that the first truly great video game movie would also be a Pokemon movie, did you? All signs point to the former being a possibility, with Warner Bros.' live-action adaptation of the Nintendo game Detective Pikachu, starring everyone's favorite snarky voice actor, Ryan Reynolds. 

The first trailer for the upcoming movie (watch it down below) hints that, thanks to Reynolds voicing the title character, this is sort of going to be Deadpool for kids. But it promises an even more adorable hero and a plot that's closer to the old Looney Tunes classic One Froggy Evening crossed with Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

Here's everything we know about Pokemon: Detective Pikachu so far:

What is the movie about?

Assuming you're asking where did it come from, Pokemon: Detective Pikachu is based on the popular video game Detective Pikachu, which is based on the Pokemon media franchise, which began as a series of video games and spawned trading card games, comics, animated series and movies, and more. 

Who is Detective Pikachu?

One of a species of Pokemon creatures that are probably the most iconic and recognizable of the franchise. Pikachu are kind of like yellow rabbits, modeled after a similar small Asian mammal called a pika. Detective Pikachu is a very intelligent Pikachu who can talk and solve mysteries. 

He can talk? What famous actor might he sound like?

Detective Pikachu can talk, but only one young man (played by Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom's Justice Smith) can hear him when he's speaking English. Everyone else just hears the normal "pika pika" sounds of a normal Pikachu (provided by usual Pikachu voice, Ikue Otani). Detective Pikachu's speaking voice is provided in the movie by Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds. 

What is the plot of this crazy movie?

Detective Pikachu teams up with 21-year-old human Tim Goodman (Smith) in the search for the latter's father, an ace private eye (Paul Kitson) who has gone missing. The case takes them on an adventure through the neon-noir locales of Rhyme City, which is populated with humans and other Pokemon creatures living together side by side. 

Who else is in it (or heard in it)?

Joining Justice Smith and the voice of Ryan Reynolds are Ken Watanabe (Inception) as another detective who is friends with Tim's dad, Kathryn Newton (Blockers) as a young reporter with a Psyduck for a Pokemon companion, and Deadpool and Deadpool 2 scene-stealer Karan Soni as a character named Jack. The great Bill Nighy is also involved in some capacity, as are Suki Waterhouse (Assassination Nation) and Rita Ora (Fifty Shades Freed).

Who directed Pokemon: Detective Pikachu?

Rob Letterman, former director of animated features (Shark Tale; Monsters vs. Aliens) turned director of fantastical family films (Gulliver's Travels, Goosebumps), is at the helm of this CG-filled hybrid video game adaptation. 

Who wrote the screenplay?

Letterman, who also co-wrote the two animated features he directed, co-wrote the screenplay with Nicole Perlman, who worked on the first Guardians of the Galaxy and the upcoming Captain Marvel. Alex Hirsch (Gravity Falls) also worked on an early draft of the movie.

When does the movie come out?

Warner Bros. will release Pokemon: Detective Pikachu on May 10, 2019.

Watch the first trailer:

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