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First trailer for Pokémon live-action movie features Ryan Reynolds as Pikachu (VIDEO)

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Kenneth Chan Nov 12, 2018 12:56 pm

You never knew you wanted to see Ryan Reynolds as Pikachu… until today.

The first trailer of the first-ever live-action Pokémon movie, Pokémon: Detective Pikachu, has made its debut, and it features the voice of the Vancouver-born actor as a talking Pikachu.

But don’t expect this to be an adventure with Ash Ketchum and friends, as the characters in this movie are based on Detective Pikachu – a 2016 video game released in Japan that features a boy named Tim Goodman, who is able to understand Pikachu and pairs up with him to solve mysteries.

Goodman is played by Justice Smith, who recently appeared in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. To his bewilderment, he is the only person who is able to understand Pikachu talk, while others can only hear Pikachu’s ‘Pika Pika’ screams.

“The story begins when ace private eye 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,” reads Warner Bros. Pictures’ description of the movie, which is a partnership with Legendary Pictures and The Pokémon Company.

“Finding that they are uniquely equipped to communicate with one another, Tim and Pikachu 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 characters and uncover a shocking plot that could destroy this peaceful co-existence and threaten the whole Pokémon universe.”

The movie also stars Ken Watanabe, Kathyrn Newton, and Karan Soni. Its theatrical release is slated for May 10, 2019.

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