With Detective Pikachu having recently brought in Ryan Reynolds to voice its titular character, the film has also moved to bring in Ken Watanabe.
As per The Hollywood Reporter, Watanabe – best known to genre fans for the likes of Batman Begins, The Last Samurai, Inception and Godzilla – will be playing Detective Yoshida, a character created especially for the movie. Watanabe joins a cast that, as well as Reynolds, features Justice Smith and Kathryn Newton.
Goosebumps’ Rob Letterman is on board to direct, with Nicole Perlman and Alex Hirsch having penned the screenplay.
This new movie will follow Detective Pikachu, who is a relatively new character to the Pokémon world, and comes in the aftermath of the huge success of last year’s Pokémon Go.
Plot-wise, all that we know right now about Detective Pikachu at this stage is that Justice Smith will be teaming with the titular Pokémon to help find Smith’s father. The pair will be assisted in their quest by Newton’s journalist. Universal Pictures will distribute the movie outside of Japan, with Toho handling duties in Japan.
Detective Pikachu is currently set for a May 10th, 2019 release.