Detective Pikachu (movie)

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Detective Pikachu
名探偵ピカチュウ Great Detective Pikachu
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Japan May 2019
United States May 10, 2019
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POKÉMON Detective Pikachu (Japanese: 名探偵ピカチュウ Great Detective Pikachu) is an upcoming live-action Pokémon movie focusing on the character Detective Pikachu, who was first introduced in the Nintendo 3DS game of the same name. It will be released in North American theaters on May 10, 2019. The film will be produced by Legendary Entertainment and distributed by Warner Bros. outside of Japan and China, where it will be distributed by Toho and Legendary East, respectively.

The movie was first revealed in July 2016. Filming took place in London from January to May 2018. The logo and title for were revealed during the opening ceremony of the 2018 World Championships on August 24, 2018.

Directed by Rob Letterman, Detective Pikachu will be the first live-action film in the Pokémon franchise, in addition to CGI-animated Pokémon. The movie features Ryan Reynolds as the voice of Detective Pikachu, Justice Smith as Tim Goodman, and Kathryn Newton as Lucy Stevens.

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The story begins when ace private eye 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.


After his father, Harry Goodman, disappears in a past automobile accident, Tim Goodman travels to Ryme City to look for clues, and meets the gruff, talkative Detective Pikachu, who was partnered with Tim's father. They team up to search for him, along with solving other mysteries across Ryme City.

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Detective Pikachu Ryan Reynolds (voice)
Tim Goodman Justice Smith
Lucy Stevens Kathryn Newton
Lt. Yoshida Ken Watanabe
Harry Goodman Paul Kitson
Jack Karan Soni
Sebastian Omar Chaparro
Unknown Bill Nighy
Unknown Chris Geere
Ditto Suki Waterhouse
Unknown Rita Ora


Detective Pikachu
名探偵ピカチュウ Great Detective Pikachu
  • Alexandra Mendes
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Production designer
  • Nigel Phelps
Costume designer
  • Suzie Harman
Visual effects
Executive producers


Date Locations
May 8, 2019 France, Netherlands, Switzerland (French)
May 9, 2019 Australia, Brazil, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Malaysia, Portugal, Singapore, Switzerland (German), Taiwan, Thailand, Ukraine
May 10, 2019 Argentina, Bolivia, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Finland, Guatemala, Honduras, India, New Zealand, Norway, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States (including Puerto Rico), Vietnam
May 11, 2019 Mexico, Venezuela
May 15, 2019 Belgium
May 16, 2019 Greece, Russia
May 17, 2019 Colombia, Peru, Uruguay
May 31, 2019 Poland
May 2019 Czech Republic, Japan, Philippines, South Korea
June 7, 2019 Spain
Summer 2019 Denmark, Lebanon, Middle East
2019 Bulgaria, Hungary, Indonesia, South Africa, Turkey
N/A Mainland China


  • The rights to distribute the film outside Japan were initially won by Universal Pictures; however, the rights were eventually taken over by Warner Bros., a distributor of previous Pokémon films.
  • The Jigglypuff shown in the coffee place wielding a microphone/marker is a reference to the Jigglypuff in the Pokémon anime.
  • The Greninja uses water swords just like the one in Super Smash Bros. does.
  • The Hungarian dub does not use Ikue Ohtani's characteristic voice for Pikachu but rather lets their voice actor say the "Pika-Pika" when Tim asks if anyone can also hear the Pikachu speak.

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