Detective Pikachu: Ken Watanabe Joins Cast For Live-Action Pokemon Film


The Hollywood Reporter is exclusively reporting that Ken Watanabe has joined the cast of Legendary’s live-action Pokemon film Detective Pikachu.

 

Based on the video game of the same name, the premise focuses on Pikachu, a self-styled investigator who is good at finding things. When Justice Smith’s character’s father is kidnapped, he’s forced to team up with Pikachu in order to find him.

 

The report states that Ken Watanabe will be playing a role specifically created for the film, Detective Yoshida. Back in July of last year, it was reported that Legendary acquired the rights from The Pokémon Company to develop a live-action adaptation of the popular video game franchise. Since first being introduced to Japanese audiences in 1996, the franchise has sold 295m copies worldwide and has had an animated series spanning twenty seasons. Universal Pictures will handle distribution of the live-action film outside Japan, while Toho, The Pokémon Company’s longtime collaborator, will handle distribution in Japan. Rob Letterman is attached to direct the project, whilst the script was written by Nicole Perlman and Alex Hirsch.

 

Ken Watanabe will be joining Justice SmithKathryn Newton and Ryan Reynolds.

 

Detective Pikachu is set for a cinematic release on the 10th May 2019.

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