During a Warner Bros. press event in Tokyo for Pokémon Detective Pikachu, I had a chance to sit down with star Ryan Reynolds, who lends his voice to the title character. After a warm-up, in which I quizzed Reynolds on his Pokémon knowledge, we talked about a wide range of Pokémon-related things, from Pokéballs to back tattoos. Additionally, I discovered what it was like for Reynolds to transform into Pikachu as a method actor and the grueling process of morphing back into his human form. And if you want to find out just which Pokémon Hugh Jackman would be, plus a tease about a potential sequel, you’ll have to stick around to the end.
Also starring Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton, Suki Waterhouse, Ken Watanabe, Bill Nighy, Chris Geere, Karan Soni, and Rita Ora, director Rob Letterman‘s Pokémon Detective PIkachu arrives in theaters Friday, May 10th. Be sure to keep an eye out for more interviews from the cast and crew!
Here’s the official synopsis for Pokémon Detective Pikachu:
The first-ever live-action Pokémon adventure, “POKÉMON Detective Pikachu” stars Ryan Reynolds as Detective Pikachu and is based on the beloved Pokémon brand—one of the world’s most popular, multi-generation entertainment properties and one of the most successful media franchises of all time. Fans everywhere can now experience a 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, each with its own unique traits 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 work together, as Tim is the only human who can talk with Detective Pikachu, they 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 and uncover a shocking plot that could destroy this peaceful co-existence and threaten the whole Pokémon universe.
And for more on Pokémon: Detective Pikachu, be sure to get caught up with these recent write-ups:
- ‘Detective Pikachu’: Director Rob Letterman on His Love Letter to Pokemon Fans
- ‘Pokémon Detective Pikachu’ Review: Pokémon Fans, Choose This Movie
- ‘Detective Pikachu’: First Reactions Say that the Video Game Movie Curse May Be Broken
- New ‘Detective Pikachu’ Trailer Reveals a Wonderful World of Pokémon
- ‘Detective Pikachu’: 39 New Images Invite You to a World of Pokemon