We never thought we’d say no to more Pokémon content, but the bizarre marriage of real-world actors and Pokémon monsters in the Pokémon: Detective Pikachu trailer has left us with a lot of questions about… well, everything. In particular, who knew that these generally adorable (if powerful) critters could be so nightmarish once they were placed in a live-action film?

Pokémon: Detective Pikachu, slated for release in 2019, stars Justice Smith (Netflix’s The Get Down) as Tim Goodman, a young man whose dreams of being a Pokémon trainer were apparently crushed. Now he’s on a search for his missing father and there’s only one detective who can help: Pikachu, voiced by Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds.

Yeah, you read that right.

This partnership works mostly because Goodman is the only human who can actually understand Pikachu, rather than hearing his telltale battle call, “Pika-pika!” anytime he talks.

Before we go any further, let’s just watch the trailer:

Pokémon: Detective Pikachu is a joint venture from Legendary Pictures, Universal Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures, and Toho; it’s the first live-action project based on the phenomenally popular video game. In addition to Smith and Reynolds, Pokémon: Detective Pikachu also stars Ken Watanabe as Detective Yoshida and Kathryn Newton (BlockersBig Little Lies) as reporter Lucy Stevens, who’s accompanied by Psyduck.

We’re not sure how other characters from the Pokédex will be incorporated into the story yet, but we suspect they’ll be as frightening as the rest.


  1. First, how did I not know this was going to be s live action film before this trailer? Second, how fantastic is it that we live in a time when Pokemon can be in a live action film! Third, this makes the voice over work by Ryan Reynolds all the better choice for Pikachu. Can’t wait!

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