In Pokémon Detective Pikachu Tim Goodman’s father is kidnapped, forcing the teen to team up with Pikachu in order to find him.
Ken Watanabe joins Ryan Reynolds in the live-action Pokémon 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 was filmed in London.
The concept of Pokémon sees players acting as trainers who collect cute but powerful monsters called Pokémon in order to compete in battle tournaments.
Pikachu is a species of Pokémon, while Detective Pikachu the character is a peculiar sort from the Pikachu set, a self-styled investigator who is good at finding things.
Watanabe will play a character named Detective Yoshida.