Pikachu, the legendary Nintendo character is soon set to grace the big screen with the live-action movie adaptation titled ‘Detective Pikachu‘. The movie is based on the Nintendo 3DS video game with the same title that released in 2016.
‘Detective Pikachu‘ movie adaptation was first confirmed when the video game released two years ago after legendary Entertainment acquired the license to produce the film. It will be co-produced by Universal Pictures.
According to a report on The Christian Post, the movie will arrive in the US and Japan on May 10, 2019. The production of the movie was originally set to begin 2017. However, the companies confirmed pushing back the schedule to this January as they finalized London as the filming location.
Ryan Reynolds, who played the role of Wade Wilson in ‘Deadpool’, will play the lead in ‘Detective Pikachu‘. He will provide the voice and motion-capture actions of Pikachu. Meanwhile, Detective Pikachu’s sidekicks will be played by actors Justice Smith and Kathryn Newton. It will be directed by Rob Letterman, known for other live-action movies such as ‘Gulliver’s Travels‘ and ‘Goosebumps‘.
The video game version of ‘Detective Pikachu‘ starts with a friendship with a boy named Tim Goodman, to whom Pikachu reveals his investigative skills. The video game’s plot includes solving cases of crimes caused by an array of Pokémon. As for the movie version, it is unclear as to which case Pikachu will solve.
Interestingly, the video game version of ‘Detective Pikachu’ will be finally arriving in the US and Europe on March 23, two years after its exclusive launch in home country Japan.