Ken Watanabe joins Ryan Reynolds in Detective Pikachu, a live-action Pokemon movie.
In addition to Reynolds, Watanabe — who slips into a role specifically created for the movie — joins Justice Smith, who stars in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, and Big Little Lies actress Kathryn Newton in the movie based on the gaming franchise.
Rob Letterman (Goosebumps) directs the movie, which is being filmed in London.
The concept of Pokemon sees players acting as trainers who collect cute but powerful monsters called Pokemon in order to compete in battle tournaments.
Pikachu is a species of Pokemon, while Detective Pikachu the character is a peculiar sort from the Pikachu set, a self-styled investigator who is good at finding things.
The story is set into motion when Smith’s character’s father is kidnapped, forcing the teen to team up with Pikachu in order to find him.
Watanabe will play a character named Detective Yoshida.