The first sets photos from the live-action movie Detective Pikachu have arrived, offering a look at the Ryme City Police Department and a rash of missing Pokémon. In a little over a year, the first live-action Pokémon film will hit theaters, and it's hardly what anyone expected. Based on the American remake of Detective Pikachu (a Japanese game released last year), the film will feature a talking Pikachu with attitude solve mysteries alongside a human partner. The game is one of the more inventive in the Pokémon library, which suggests that the film adaptation will be even more idiosyncratic by comparison.
Ryan Reynolds is voicing Pikachu in the Detective Pikachu film, with Goosebumps' Rob Letterman directing from behind the camera, and Guardians of the Galaxy's Nicole Perlman cowriting the screenplay. Now that Detective Pikachu is officially filming, fans can get an early sneak peek at the movie itself, by way of leaked photos from one of its sets.
Twitter user Howard Bud has posted photos of the Detective Pikachu set for the Ryme City Police Department online, revealing what will presumably be one of the main settings in the film. The photos also reveal some of the Pokémon who will be missing in the movie, thus motivating Pikachu and his human partner to set out and find them. You can check out those photos below.
The first two images are the most intriguing, as one highlights the Ryme City Police Department logo honoring the pairing of humans and Pokémon. Clearly, Detective Pikachu won't be the only Pokémon on the force. The Pokémon franchise has often had the powerful creatures work alongside humans, including the police (Growlithe is an early notable example). Still, having a lead detective be a talking Pokémon is certainly something new.
The second image, meanwhile, features a number of notices about working for the RCPD, but also displays some missing posters for Pokémon. Among those named here are Graveler, Machoke, and Panchan, providing us with a few examples of how the CGI Pokémon will appear in the live-action film. We don't yet know if motion capture will be used for some of the Pokémon or if they will simply be inserted in the film during post-production, but future set photos may offer more insight in that respect.
Stay tuned for more Pokémon and Detective Pikachu news as filming on the live-action movie continues.
Source: Howard Bud