A new promo for the highly anticipated Detective Pikachu, the live-action/CGI hybrid Pokemon film, has dropped, thanks to Pikachu's voice actor Ryan Reynolds.
The actor released the video on Twitter, calling it footage from his "ACTUAL audition."
Drawing on the iconic catchphrase of the Pokemon games and cartoons, the clip invites watchers to "Meet Them All," interspersing footage from the film with supposed screen tests and auditions for various Pokemon. Reynolds' Pikachu is seen in one clip, addressing a Psyduck while seated in what looks like a children's car seat.
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Though Reynolds' presence in the film is a huge draw, the live-action interaction with "realistic" Pokemon will give fans of the franchise a look at a world that, until now, many have only seen in dreams and fantasies. The translation of the pocket monsters to a more realistic setting opens up a new venue for telling stories in the Pokemon world and, should the film be successful, it's likely we'll see more of these kinds of movies going forward. Previously, the Pokemon franchise has simply relied on traditional animated films for its theatrical releases.
Many favorite Pokemon appear in the clip, including Squirtle, Charizard, Cubone and Evee. While each creature may not get quite as much screen time as Pikachu, it seems the producers of the film are trying to fit as many of the 807 current Pokemon into the film. With so many to choose from, it's likely many peoples' favorites will only have small parts or background appearances.
Directed by Rob Letterman from a script written by Dan Hernandez and Benji Samit, Detective Pikachu stars Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton, Ken Watanabe and the voice of Ryan Reynolds. The film opens in theaters on May 10.