Right, so it was already bizarre that Detective Pikachu was an actual game, right? But then, we found out it was also going to be a voice-acted film – weird, right? Oh, and it stars Ryan Reynolds as Detective Pikachu. Well, new casting confirmations just get more bizarre and brilliant as time goes on.
The latest reveal comes via an exclusive at The Hollywood Reporter; Ken Watanabe, recently known for roles in Christopher Nolan films Batman Begins and Inception, will star in the movie. He is also Oscar-nominated for the film The Last Samurai.
Watanabe has not flown too far from the nest. Detective Pikachu is from the production company Legendary, just like Godzilla and the upcoming Godzilla: King of Monsters, which both star Watanabe. In the Detective Pikachu movie, he will be playing the role of Detective Yoshida, a character created for the purpose of this film.
Other recent additions to the cast are Justice Smith (The Get Down) and Kathryn Newton (Big Little Lies), as well as the aforementioned surprise that Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool) will play the lead role of Detective Pikachu. What a world we live in.
The Detective Pikachu film, which is directed by Rob Letterman (Goosebumps), is about a speaking investigator Pikachu with a knack for uncovering secrets. In order to find his kidnapped father, Justice Smith’s character turns to our lead for help. The movie will release on 10th May 2019.
The script is a collaboration between Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy), Alex Hirsch (Gravity Falls), Eric Pearson (Thor: Ragnarok) and Tom McCarthy (Spotlight). Tsunekazu Ishihara, CEO of The Pokémon Company, is in an executive producer role along with Joe Caracciolo Jr. (Logan).
The Detective Pikachu game that the film is based off of also recently received an official release date for Europe, North America and Japan, as well as an amiibo – go here for more info!