Pokémon: Detective Pikachu (also known as Detective Pikachu) is an upcoming 2019 family 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, The Pokémon Company, 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 scheduled to be released by Warner Bros. Pictures in Real D 3D on May 10, 2019, making it the first Pokémon film to get a wide theatrical release in the United States since Pokémon 3: The Movie in 2001.
Detective Pikachu[a] is an adventure game developed by Creatures Inc., published by The Pokémon Company, and distributed by Nintendo for the Nintendo 3DS. The game is a spin-off of the Pokémon franchise, in which players work with a talking Pikachu to solve mysteries. A shorter, downloadable version of the game called Great Detective Pikachu: Birth of a New Duo (名探偵ピカチュウ 〜新コンビ誕生〜 Meitantei Pikachu ~Shin Konbi Tanjō~) was released in Japan in February 2016, while the full version was released worldwide in March 2018.
Pikachu (Japanese: ピカチュウ Hepburn: Pikachū, pronounced [pikatɕɯː], English: /ˈpiːkətʃuː/) are a species of Pokémon, fictional creatures that appear in an assortment of video games, animated television shows and movies, trading card games, and comic books licensed by The Pokémon Company, a Japanese corporation. They are yellow rodent-like creatures with powerful electricalabilities. In most vocalized appearances, including the anime and certain video games, they are primarily voiced by Ikue Ōtani.
The Pikachu design was conceived by Atsuko Nishida and finalized by Ken Sugimori. Pikachu first appeared in Pokémon Red and Green in Japan, and later in the first internationally released Pokémon video games, Pokémon Red and Blue, for the original Game Boy.
Like other species of Pokémon, Pikachu are often captured and groomed by humans to fight other Pokémon for sport. Pikachu are one of the most well-known varieties of Pokémon, largely because Pikachu is a central character in the Pokémon anime series. Pikachu is regarded as a major character of the Pokémon franchise as well as its mascot, and has become an icon of Japanese pop culture in recent years. It is also seen as one of the major mascots for Nintendo.