Legendary Entertainment’s live-action Pokémon film, Detective Pikachu, now has another actor confirmed in its cast list. Ken Watanabe is the latest cast member brought on to the film alongside the likes of Ryan Reynolds and Big Little Lies star Kathryn Newton. He is set to play Detective Yoshida, a character made specifically for the film.
The WME-represented actor has appeared in Legendary’s films before, having done the likes of the 2014 Godzilla and the upcoming Godzilla: King of Monsters. Therefore, his presence is nothing new for the production company. Information surrounding Detective Yoshida has not been released yet, so it is unclear how large Watanabe’s role will be.
Detective Pikachu is set to begin shooting in London under the direction of Rob Letterman of Goosebumps fame. Given that the film adapts the Nintendo 3DS game of the same name, it will be interesting to see what elements carry over from the game. Furthermore, now that it is clear that Watanabe’s character will be exclusive to the movie, he will serve as a chance for the movie to stand out from its source material.
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– Mark Tan
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Detective Pikachu releases in theaters on May 10, 2019.
Directed by Rob Letterman, Detective Pikachu stars Ryan Reynolds, Kathryn Newton, and Justice Smith.