With Pokemon: Detective Pikachu opening this weekend in theaters around the world, I recently got to talk to director Rob Letterman on the red carpet before the Tokyo world premiere in Japan. During the interview, Letterman talked about his reaction to finding out Ryan Reynolds would do the film, how the film is dedicated to the fans, what surprised him when he got into the editing room, why he never thought he would be able to include the Mr. Mime scene, how the Blu-ray will include a whole different version of the first act, and a lot more.
As you know from the trailers and TV spots, Detective Pikachu stars Justice Smith as a young man investigating the disappearance of his father who teams up with Detective Pikachu (Ryan Reynolds) to find his missing dad and help Pikachu close the case. The film also stars Suki Waterhouse, Ken Watanabe, Kathryn Newton, and Rita Ora.
Check out what Rob Letterman had to say in the player above and below is exactly what we talked about followed by the official synopsis.
Here’s the official synopsis for Detective Pikachu:
The story begins when ace detective 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, Detective Pikachu: a hilariously wise-cracking, adorable super-sleuth who is a puzzlement even to himself. Finding that they are uniquely equipped to work together, as Tim is the only human who can talk with Detective Pikachu, they 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 and uncover a shocking plot that could destroy this peaceful co-existence and threaten the whole Pokémon universe.
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