The Hollywood Reporter has revealed Ken Watanabe has joined the cast of Legendary and The Pokémon Company’s upcoming live-action Detective Pikachu movie.
Watanabe takes on the role of Detective Yoshida, a character created specifically for the film. He joins Ryan Reynolds who stars in the film as Pikachu along with Justice Smith (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) and Kathryn Newton (Halt and Catch Fire).
The story follows Smith’s character when his father is kidnapped, leading to his team-up with Pikachu in order to find him. Rob Letterman (Goosebumps) is directing the Pokemon film from a script written by Nicole Perlman (Guardians of The Galaxy) and Alex Hirsch (Gravity Falls).
Universal Pictures will be distributing the film in regions outside of Japan, where long-time Pokemon film collaborator Toho will handle distribution duties. Production on the project is scheduled to get underway this month in London.
Detective Pikachu is currently slated to hit theaters May 10, 2019. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on the live-action Detective Pikachu film from Legendary and The Pokémon Company as we learn it.