It all feels like a fever dream. London is the stage, Goosebumps‘ Rob Letterman is the director with Gravity Falls creator Alex Hirsch and Guardians of the Galaxy writer Nicole Perman on board as screenwriters, and Ryan Reynolds is starring as the tough-talking, coffee-drinking, one-of-a-kind titular Pikachu.
Now, with preliminary preparations complete, the anticipated Detective Pikachu movie has finally left pre-production with principal photography now underway in the United Kingdom’s capital.
Reynolds stars opposite to Ken Watanabe, who starred internationally in high profile films such as Godzilla and Inception, and co-leads with The Get Down‘s Justice Smith and Paranormal Activity 4‘s Kathryn Newton. Produced by Legendary Entertainment with The Pokémon Company’s Tsunekazu Ishihara overseeing development as an executive producer, the live-action Pokémon movie is an adaptation of the Great Detective Pikachu game released in Japan for Nintendo 3DS in 2016, and it is scheduled to be distributed to theaters outside of Japan by Universal Studios in 2019.
In related news, the source material is finally coming to Nintendo 3DS systems in the West this March with a Detective Pikachu Amiibo, and a special New Nintendo 2DS XL Pikachu edition is available now in stores.
Source: PR Newswire