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 (Blockers, Big 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.
Samantha Puc is an essayist and culture critic whose work has been featured on Bitch Media, The Mary Sue, Bustle, and elsewhere. She mostly writes intersectional pop culture analysis with a particular focus on representation of LGBTQ and fat characters in fiction. Samantha is the managing editor at The Beat, as well as the co-creator and editor-in-chief of Fatventure Mag, an outdoors zine for fat creators who are into being active, but not into toxic weight-loss culture. She lives in Montana with her partner and cats.