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According to Hollywood Reporter, Ken Watanabe has signed on for the Detective Pikachu movie. The site says that he’ll play the role of Detective Yoshida.

Several other actors have been confirmed for the Detective Pikachu film over the past few months. These include Ryan Reynolds as Detective Pikachu, Justice Smith as the human lead, and Kathryn Newton as the female lead.

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Update: Added in a higher-quality version of the teaser in direct-feed.


Original: The first teaser for the new Pokemon movie during the Japanese variety show Oha Suta. In the trailer, it’s revealed that the film will release on July 13.

Here’s an off-screen video showing the teaser:

When we have an official upload of the trailer, we’ll share it here.

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Ryan Reynolds will be playing the role of Detective Pikachu in the upcoming movie, according to Hollywood Reporter.

Reynolds was among a list of stars rumored to be in the running for the film. Other actors speculated for the part include Hugh Jackman, Mark Wahlberg, and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

This is the third piece of news surrounding the Detective Pikachu film. Justice Smith and Kathryn Newton will both have their own roles.

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According to Hollywood Reporter, Kathryn Newton will feature in the upcoming Detective Pikachu film as the female lead. The site adds that Stranger Things star Natalia Dyer, Haley Lu Richardson, and Katherine Langford from 13 Reasons Why were also being considered.

As for Newton’s role, Hollywood Reporter says that she’ll play Lucy, “a sassy journalist” who has her own sidekick, Psyduck. Lucy goes on an adventure with Pikachu and the main male character who will be played by Justice Smith.

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The Wall Street Journal is reporting on a massive agreement that is wrapping up between Nintendo and Illumination Entertainment. According to the publication, the two sides will be teaming up for an animated Super Mario Bros. movie. Illumination Entertainment has produced animated films for Universal Pictures in the past.

The Wall Street Journal says that one sticking point is how Nintendo wants to ensure it will be involved enough in the creative process. Shigeru Miyamoto has apparently been part of the talks and will likely be a producer on the movie, along with Chris Meledandri.

Currently, just one Mario movie is planned, though the agreement could allow for more. If everything goes through, Illumination’s Paris studio Mac Guff will animate the project. Since it’s in early stages of development, don’t expect to see the film for a few years.

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Pokemon the Movie: I Choose You features a new take on the classic song from the anime. While you’ll need to watch the film for the full tune, a preview was posted on the Pokemon YouTube channel today. You can listen to it below.

Overwhelming fan demand, high ticket sales and sold-out auditoriums across the US has prompted additional screenings of Pokemon the Movie: I Choose You. The film will now be shown on November 11 and 14 in addition to the original November 5 and 6 dates.

Tickets can be purchased on Fathom Events here. Note that the Pokemon TCG card featuring Ash’s Pikachu wearing its Trainer’s hat and a QR Code that unlocks an in-game event and Ash’s Pikachu wearing its Trainer’s hat in Pokemon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon will not be offered for the November 11 and 14 screenings.

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Pokemon the Movie: I Choose You will be showing up in theaters in November. Later in the month, the film will appear on TV. Disney XD has confirmed an air date of November 25. It’ll be shown at 10 AM ET.

Disney XD has also confirmed that two new episodes of Pokemon the Series: Sun and Moon will debut right before the movie. These will feature the return of Brock and Misty.

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Earlier in the year, news leaked about a live-action Contra movie. Konami made it official today, confirming a partnership with China’s Starlight Media for the film as well as a TV drama. We can also now say that both will be released and streamed worldwide.

China Film Insider provided the following synopsis of the movie a few months ago:

A film based on Detective Pikachu was announced last year. The project has gone somewhat dark this year, but it looks like things are about to pick up in just a few months.

Omega Underground spotted a product listing showing that Detective Pikachu will be filming in London, UK on January 15, 2018. A short blurb says that it’s a film involving “a new character and storyline in the Pokemon universe.”

Rob Letterman (Goosebumps, Monsters Vs. Aliens, and Shark Tale) will be directing Detective Pikachu. Nicole Perlman and Alex Hirsch are working on the script.

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