To add to the run of announcements linking the likes of Ryan Reynolds to Legendary Entertainment’s live-action Pokémon, there’s been another new cast member added to the Detective Pikachu movie. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ken Watanabe of Legendary’s Godzilla film has joined the league as an original character named Detective Yoshida.
The Hollywood Reporter previously revealed that Deadpool star Reynolds will play Pikachu in motion-capture. To us it makes about as much sense as casting Danny DeVito as the elementary electric mouse. Or perhaps we’re just sore from the disappointment as DeVito fans.
Our hopes and dreams aside, Reynolds did beat back some stiff competition to secure the role. Among other names reportedly being considered were Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Hugh Jackman. Since someone who can beat Wolverine to the punch is not to be sniffed at, we’ll just have to wait and see how the ears fit.
Kathryn Newton of Big Little Lies is also cast as Lucy, “a sassy journalist” who goes on an adventure with the male protagonist played by Justice Smith of The Get Down. Goosebumps (2015) director Rob Letterman helms proceedings, with scripts written by Alex Hirsch of Gravity Falls and Nicole Perlman of Guardians of the Galaxy. The film is set to begin production in London in mid-January.
Legendary have logged the live-action movie for release on May 10th, 2019. Given this supposed confirmation of Detective Pikachu‘s European PEGI rating, it seems the film’s game basis will make an appearance in the west soon too. Watch this space for more updates on that.
Legendary Entertainment and The Pokémon Company announced in 2016 that Legendary Pictures had acquired the rights to produce a live-action Pokémon movie, after Legendary, Sony and Warner Bros. competed in an auction for the rights. The film will feature franchise mascot Pikachu as his Nintendo 3DS alter-ego, Detective Pikachu. TOHO will be distributing the film in Japan, while Universal Pictures hold that responsibility in other territories.