Filming begins early next year.
Detective Pikachu movie.Big Little Lies’ Kathryn Newton is set to join the live action
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Newton is in talks to star as the female lead in the Pokemon film, a journalist named Lucy. The character goes on an adventure with Pikachu and, in the Pokemon universe, even has a Psyduck as a Pokemon sidekick. It’s not known whether Lucy’s Psyduck will show up in the movie.
Stranger Things’ Natalia Dyer, Split star Haley Lu Richardson, and 13 Reasons Why’s Katherine Langford were all reportedly in the running for the role.
Newton would star opposite the film’s male lead, The Get Down actor Justice Smith, whose character is yet to be named. Some of Newton’s film credits include Lady Bird and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
Detective Pikachu is being written by Guardians of the Galaxy co-writer Nicole Perlman and Gravity Falls creator Alex Hirsch. Production is set to begin early next year, in January.
Though Legendary Pictures is yet to cast the titular role of Pikachu, the studio reportedly has several action stars in mind to voice the character, including Hugh Jackman, Ryan Reynolds, Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson.