The new trailer for Pokémon: Detective Pikachu features wisecracking actor Ryan Reynolds in his most adorable role yet.
It looks like it’s been just long enough for Hollywood to come out with their first live-action Pokemon movie. Interestingly enough, instead of writing an entirely new script based on the classic “kid goes out to become a Pokémon master” plot, we get an entirely new story based on the plot of a little-known Pokémon spin-off game, Detective Pikachu.
Originally released for the 3DS in Japan way back in 2016, Detective Pikachu eventually got translated and made its way to North America earlier this year. The game follows a young boy named Tim as he sets out to find his missing father. Along the way, he meets Pikachu, a strangely intelligent Pokémon wearing a Sherlock Holmes cap that Tim can actually understand.
The game became strangely popular among Pokémon fans and somehow gained enough notoriety to catch the attention of Hollywood. So now we have our first ever live-action Pokémon movie, which just got its first trailer today.
We’re a little disappointed with Ryan Reynolds taking the role of Pikachu. As great as Reynolds is at delivering acerbic and witty lines, you really couldn’t go wrong with casting Danny Devito as a tiny electric rodent. Ah well, maybe next time Hollywood.
Tim is played by Justice Smith, which is a fantastic name for a protagonist, while Kathryn Newton stars as Lucy Stevens, a reporter from Ryme City with a Psyduck for a sidekick.
We get to see a whole bunch of classic ‘Mons in the trailer, including Bulbasaur, Charizard, Jigglypuff, and even a Mr. Mime. Greninja also shows up from the current generation of games, giving this movie something for every generation of Pokémon fan.
From what we get in this trailer, it looks like they’re going for a funny but realistic vibe that has so far only been seen in fan-made Pokémon videos. This will be the first time we get to see Hollywood’s full might behind a Pokémon movie, and it’s looking like it’ll be a fantastic start.
Pokémon: Detective Pikachu has a tentative release of May 2019.