The Pokemon Company recently held the Pokemon World Championships 2018. But aside from the various Pokemon tournaments like the various video games and trading card games, they also revealed something new. This time, they invited live-action Detective Pikachu’s actors Justice Smith and Kathryn Newton, as well as director Rob Letterman onstage. Together, they revealed the upcoming film’s logo:
The two actors also led a “Pikachu!” chant among the crowd, and they will use the footage of that for the film. The three also confirmed Detective Pikachu’s Summer 2019 release. Currently, they only confirmed the US release, which will be on 10th May 2019.
As we’ve mentioned before, Ryan Reynolds will be voicing Pikachu for a live-action Pokemon film. He will co-star with Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’s Justice Smith, as well as Big Little Lies actress Kathryn Newton in the film. They also confirmed that Goosebumps director, Rob Letterman, is directing the film. Shooting will has already started in London. Here’s how the Hollywood Reporter describes the story:
The story is kicked into gear when Smith’s character’s father is kidnapped, forcing the teen to team up with Pikachu in order to find him. Newton is a sassy journalist who helps them on their quest.
The Hollywood Reporter also said that the film is motion-capture in nature. However, they also said that:
Many details of the project are being kept off the grid, including the casting, which has been underway under the radar by the usually secretive Legendary.
Universal Studios will be handling the film’s distribution outside of Japan, while TOHO will distribute it in Pokemon’s home country.
Source: Legendary Pictures official Twitter Page