Warner Bros. and Legendary have released a “Casting Video” for their upcoming film Detective Pikachu. The video is really just a fun away to run through a variety of Pokemon and get the non-initiated up to speed on the characters that will populate the film. I suspect you won’t really need a vast knowledge of Poke mon to enjoy Detective Pikachu since the story follows Tim (Justice Smith) and Pikachu (Ryan Reynolds) as they set out to solve the disappearance of Tim’s father.
But there’s an entire generation that fell in love with Pokemon, and they’re probably going to be psyched to see these characters on the big screen in their first non-animated movie, so why not give Jigglypuff, Charizard, et al. their due? The film looks fun and cute and I am on board.
Check out the Detective Pikachu casting video below. The film opens May 10th and also stars Kathryn Newton, Suki Waterhouse, Omar Chaparro, Chris Geere, Rita Ora, Ken Watanabe, and Bill Nighy.
Here’s the official synopsis for Detective Pikachu:
The first-ever live-action Pokémon adventure, “POKÉMON Detective Pikachu” stars Ryan Reynolds as Detective Pikachu and is based on the beloved Pokémon brand—one of the world’s most popular, multi-generation entertainment properties and one of the most successful media franchises of all time. Fans everywhere can now experience a Pikachu on the big screen as never before, as Detective Pikachu, a Pokémon like no other. The film also showcases a wide array of beloved Pokémon, each with its own unique traits and personality.
The story begins when ace detective Harry Goodman goes mysteriously missing, prompting his 21-year-old son Tim to find out what happened. Aiding in the investigation is Harry’s former Pokémon partner, Detective Pikachu: a hilariously wise-cracking, adorable super-sleuth who is a puzzlement even to himself. Finding that they are uniquely equipped to work together, as Tim is the only human who can talk with Detective Pikachu, they join forces on a thrilling adventure to unravel the tangled mystery. Chasing clues together through the neon-lit streets of Ryme City—a sprawling, modern metropolis where humans and Pokémon live side by side in a hyper-realistic live-action world—they encounter a diverse cast of Pokémon and uncover a shocking plot that could destroy this peaceful co-existence and threaten the whole Pokémon universe.