Warner Bros. has released the first official trailer for the upcoming live-action Pokémon movie, which stars Ryan Reynolds as the voice of Detective Pikachu and Justice Smith as his human partner, Tim Goodman.
The supporting cast includes Kathryn Newton, Rita Ora, Ken Watanabe, Bill Nighy and Suki Waterhouse. Goosebumps filmmaker Rob Letterman is directing the project, which is the first live-action Pokémon movie in the franchise’s 22-year history.
The concept for the movie is derived from the 2016 Nintendo 3DS adventure-themed game of the same name – Detective Pikachu. The game was a spinoff of the Pokémon franchise, in which players work with a talking Pikachu to solve mysteries.
The movie’s plot follows a similar narrative as the story begins when ace detective Harry Goodman mysteriously goes missing; prompting his 21-year-old son Tim to find out what happened to him. Aiding in the investigation is Harry’s former Pokémon partner, Detective Pikachu: a hilarious, wise-cracking, adorable super-sleuth who is a puzzlement even to himself.
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 down 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.
Pikachu won’t be the only Pokémon we’ll see. There’s a wide array of beloved Pokémon characters, each with its own unique abilities and personality. You can catch a glimpse of Dodrio, Charmander, Psyduck, Jigglypuff and more in the trailer.