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 doesn’t state what roles Bill Nighy (whose recent credits include Their Finest and The Limehouse Golem) and Chris Geere (whose recent credits include You’re The Worst and Modern Family) will be playing in the film. 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.
Detective Pikachu is set for a cinematic release on the 10th May 2019.