Ken Watanabe cast in the Detective Pikachu movie

- Ken Watanabe has joined the cast, taking on the role of Detective Yoshida
- Rob Letterman (Goosebumps) is directing the project
- due to start shooting this month in London
- when Justice Smith's character in the movie has his father kidnapped, the teen teams up with Pikachu in order to find him
- Nicole Perlman and Alex Hirsch wrote the script with Eric Pearson and Tom McCarthy having completed production polishes
- Mary Parent and Cale Boyter are producing for Legendary
- Joe Caracciolo Jr. and Pokemon’s Tsunekazu Ishihara are executive producing
- Legendary’s Alexandra Mendes will co-produce

Categories: General News
Tags: pokemon


Top Rated Comment
Fri Jan 19 18 07:09pm
Rating: 7

Everything about this movie seems very mediocre to me. I hope they can pull it off!

Why so? Legendary productions is "mediocre?" Ken Watanabe? How are these mediocre things? An obscure Nintendo/Pokemon spinoff is getting a major Hollywood movie and you hear a huge production team and a world-class actor is involved and you say "mediocre?" You're very welcome to your opinion, of course, but I think it's fun that they are trying to make such an oddball movie.

Agreed, I totally think it's fun that they are making such an oddball movie and I will definitely see it. I just thought Nintendo/Game Freak/Pokemon Company (whomever is running the show) would have brought out even bigger guns for one of their most successful franchises.

Ryan Reynolds is pretty famous. Legendary did Inception, The Hangover, 300, Pacific Rim, Dark Knight, & Jurassic World. I'm pretty sure they can handle this.

Meh, it'll probably be alright.

Fri Jan 19 18 07:09pm
Rating: 7

Fingers crossed he has a Tyranitar... named Goji...

I still wanted for danny de vito to voice pikachu instead of reynolds

Me, too. Frank Reynolds voice on Pikachu? Priceless.

It's still weird to me that this is even becoming a movie... But I do like Ken Watanabe.

This sounds fun. It's wild that this is the first live-action Pokemon movie.

Who's playing Pikachu? I hope they do everything with practical effects. That would rock.

Sat Jan 20 18 04:07am
(Updated 1 time)

Playing or voicing? Obviously Pikachu will be either CGI or perhaps some sort of animatronic or puppet, so no one will be playing him. But if you mean voicing, that would be Ryan Reynolds... at least I think that's the guy... the man who played Deadpool in the Deadpool movies... also Green Lantern, a fact that became the source of multiple jokes in the Deadpool movie...

Aw. I was hoping it would be someone in a costume. You know, like Barney, only less purple.

Erm... I think they're aiming for a realistic portrayal of the character... meaning he'd be 1'4" tall...

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