Ken Watanabe is joining Ryan Reynolds in Detective Pikachu, Legendary Entertainment’s live-action Pokémon movie. Watanabe will slip into a role specifically created for the movie. Watanabe will play a character named Detective Yoshida. Watanabe’s work is well-known at Legendary as he appeared in the company’s Godzilla and the upcoming sequel Godzilla: King of Monsters. The actor was nominated for an Oscar for his work in the Tom Cruise drama The Last Samurai, appeared in Batman Begins and has a voice role in Wes Anderson’s upcoming Isle of Dogs. Mary Parent and Cale Boyter are producing the Detective Pikachu film for Legendary. Joe Caracciolo Jr. and The Pokémon Company president Tsunekazu Ishihara are executive producing. Legendary’s Alexandra Mendes will also co-produce.
In addition to Reynolds, Watanabe joins Justice Smith, who will be seen in the upcoming Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Big Little Lies actress Kathryn Newton in the movie based on the gaming franchise. 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. Rob Letterman (Goosebumps) is directing the project, which is due to start shooting this month in London. Nicole Perlman and Alex Hirsch wrote the script with Eric Pearson and Tom McCarthy having completed production polishes.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter