Oscar nominated actor Ken Watanabe has become the latest name to be added to the cast of Legendary’s live-action Pokemon movie Detective Pikachu.
Watanabe, a Japanese actor who has an extensive history in American cinema with credits on Inception, Batman Begins, The Last Samurai and the most recent Godzilla adaptation, will join lead actors Kathryn Newton (‘Big Little Lies’; Lady Bird; Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) and Justice Smith (‘The Get Down’) on the movie which is being headlined by Ryan Reynolds, who is set to voice the film’s titular character.
Watanabe will play a character created specifically for Detective Pikachu, called Detective Yoshida, though no other details regarding his role have yet been revealed. The film will follow Newton, Smith and Reynolds as they investigate the disappearance of Smith’s father.
The confirmation of a live-action Pokemon movie came in July 2016, following what is believed to be months of protracted negotiations between Legendary and The Pokemon Company. Goosebumps (2016) director Rob Letterman has since been confirmed as the movie’s director, with Nicole Pearlman, Alex Hirsch, Eric Pearson and Tom McCarthy all being involved with writing the screenplay.
Detective Pikachu will be released on May 1oth 2019, and begins shooting in London this month.