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Ryan Reynolds gets a little obsessive in a 'Detective Pikachu' featurette

Now and then, a performance comes along that is so incredible powerful, it transcends acting as a craft. Such is clearly the case with Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary‘s upcoming live action Pokemon adventure, “Detective Pikachu,” as leading man Ryan Reynolds proves in a newly released featurette that you can watch in the player below.

The “Detective Pikachu” story begins when ace private eye Harry Goodman goes mysteriously missing, prompting his 21-year-old son Tim to find out what happened. Aiding in the investigation is Harry’s former Pokémon partner, the titular Detective Pikachu. He’s a hilariously wise-cracking, adorable super-sleuth who is a puzzlement even to himself. Finding that they are uniquely equipped to communicate with one another, Tim and Pikachu join forces on a thrilling adventure to unravel the tangled mystery. Chasing clues together through the neon-lit streets of Ryme City—a sprawling, modern metropolis where humans and Pokémon live side by side in a hyper-realistic live-action world—they encounter a diverse cast of Pokémon characters and uncover a shocking plot that could destroy this peaceful co-existence and threaten the whole Pokémon universe.

“Detective Pikachu” also stars Justice Smith (“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”) as Tim; Kathryn Newton (“Lady Bird”) as Lucy, a junior reporter following her first big story; and Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe (“The Last Samurai”) as Lt. Yoshida.

Directed by Rob Letterman (“Goosebumps”), the “Detective Pikachu” creative filmmaking team includes two-time Oscar nominated director of photography John Mathieson (“The Phantom of the Opera,” “Gladiator”), production designer Nigel Phelps (“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales”) and Oscar-winning editor Mark Sanger (“Gravity”). Visual effects are by Moving Picture Company (“Wonder Woman”) and Framestore (“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”).

“Pokemon Detective Pikachu” hits theaters May 10, 2019.


Silas Lesnick is the Senior Editor of Moviebill. He has been covering entertainment news out of Los Angeles for more than a decade. You can reach him via e-mail or on Twitter.