Universal Pictures have set an official release date for Detective Pikachu, the live-action film adaptation of the Pokémon spin-off starring Deadpool‘s Ryan Reynolds, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Detective Pikachu will reportedly open in the United States on 10th May 2019, which will place it just a week after the highly anticipated untitled Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War sequel.
Ryan Reynolds will star in Detective Pikachu via motion capture, alongside Justice Smith (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) and Kathryn Newton (Big Little Lies). Details on the story are scarce, but The Hollywood Reporter writes that it will revolve around a search for Smith’s missing father, with Newton playing a “sassy journalist” who helps them on along the way.
Rob Letterman (Goosebumps) is directing, with a script by Alex Hirsch (Gravity Falls) and Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy). Production is scheduled to begin next month in London.
Universal Pictures will handle distribution of Detective Pikachu outside Japan. Toho will distribute in Japan, as it has done in its partnership with Legendary on the blockbuster monster reboot for Godzilla.