POKÉMON Detective Pikachu Movie

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The world of Pokémon comes to life!

Who's Involved:

Ken Watanabe, Mary Parent, Ryan Reynolds, Bill Nighy, Rita Ora, Kathryn Newton, Alex Hirsch, Rob Letterman, Suki Waterhouse, Nicole Perlman, Cale Boyter, Justice Smith

Release Date:

Friday, May 10, 2019 (Nationwide)

Rating: PG

Runtime: N/A

Plot: What's the story about?

The first-ever live-action Pokémon adventure, POKÉMON Detective Pikachu stars Ryan Reynolds as Pikachu, the iconic face of the global Pokémon phenomenon—one of the world’s most popular, multi-generation entertainment properties and the most successful media franchise of all time.

Fans everywhere can now experience Pikachu on the big screen as never before, as Detective Pikachu, a Pokémon like no other. The film also showcases a wide array of beloved Pokémon characters, each with its own unique abilities and personality.

The story begins when ace detective Harry Goodman goes mysteriously missing, prompting his 21-year-old son Tim to find out what happened. Aiding in the investigation is Harry’s former Pokémon partner, Detective Pikachu: a hilariously 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 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.

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Cast: Who stars in it?

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Crew: Who's making POKÉMON Detective Pikachu

A look at the POKÉMON Detective Pikachu behind-the-scenes crew and production team. The film's director Rob Letterman last directed Goosebumps and Gulliver's Travels. The film's writer Nicole Perlman last wrote Guardians of the Galaxy and Kiss & Tango.


Cale Boyter
Mary Parent

Production Company

Legendary Pictures

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Production: What we know about POKÉMON Detective Pikachu

Key Facts

  1. The film will be distributed outside of Japan and China by Warner Bros. Pictures, in Japan by Toho Company, Ltd. and by Legendary East in China (11/13/18).
  2. Kathryn Newton will play Lucy, a sassy journalist who goes on an adventure with the boy (Hollywood Reporter, 11/29/17).
  3. Pikachu will be a motion-capture creation for the movie (Hollywood Reporter, 11/29/17).
  4. The first pic in a planned franchise (Hollywood Reporter, 11/30/16).
  5. Based on the upcoming game “Detective Pikachu" (Variety, 8/16/16).
  6. There have been 19 films released based on Pokemon.
  7. Universal Pictures will handle distribution of the live-action film outside of Japan. Toho will handle distribution in Japan.
  8. This will be a live action film.
  9. The Japanese-based Pokemon Co., which manages rights to the franchise spun from the hit Nintendo game, has been courting Hollywood for a movie. Multiple studios have been in the running - including Warner Bros, Sony and Legendary Pictures (Hollywood Reporter, 4/15/16).

Filming Timeline

On or about March 6, 2019, the film was in Completed status.

On or about July 26, 2018, the film was in Post-Production status.

On or about December 3, 2017, the film was in Pre-Production status.

Production is due to start mid-January 2018 in London.

On or about December 11, 2016, the film was in Pre-Production status.

Rob Letterman will direct the Legendary project, which is being fast tracked to start production in 2017.

On or about July 20, 2016, the film was in Development status.

Being fast tracked to start production in 2017.

On or about April 15, 2016, the film was in Development status.

A big-budget live-action Pokémon movie is in the works.

POKÉMON Detective Pikachu Release Date: When was it released?

POKÉMON Detective Pikachu was released in 2019 on Friday, May 10, 2019 (Nationwide release). There were 8 other movies released on the same date, including The Hustle, Tolkien and Wine Country.

When will the movie be on Blu-ray & DVD?

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