Pokémon: Detective Pikachu (formerly known as Detective Pikachu), is an upcoming science fantasy mystery comedy film directed by Rob Letterman and written by Nicole Perlman and Letterman, based on the video game of the same name. The film is an American and Japanese joint venture produced by Legendary Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures, and Toho. It will be the first live-action film based on the Pokémon franchise. The film stars Ryan Reynolds as the voice of Detective Pikachu, with Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton and Ken Watanabe in live-action roles.
It is slated for release in the United States on May 10, 2019 by Warner Bros. Pictures, making it the first Pokémon film to get a wide theatrical release in the United States since Pokémon 3: The Movie in 2001.
The first Pokémon games, Red and Blue, featured a protagonist known as “Red,” an empty slate for the player to project themselves onto. Ash was an animated adaptation of Red, and has since become a staple of the Pokémon narrative; he’s the baseball-capped everyman who tries his darndest to succeed, the Tom Cruise of Pallet Town. While Ash has captured and released an abundance of Pokémon, his Pikachu remains a permanent member of the team, as dedicated as a beloved childhood dog.