New 'Detective Pikachu' Trailer Reveals More Pokémon — And True Crime

The latest trailer features more storyline about the case Pikachu is solving as well as more glimpses at beloved Pokémon.

By John Thrasher
Detective Pikachu

Pikachu has become a true crime sleuth just like the rest of us.

In the latest trailer for "Detective Pikachu," we learn more about what the furry electric-type Pokemon, voiced by actor Ryan Reynolds, is up to as he tries to solve a case alongside his friend Tim played by actor Justice Smith.

Details surrounding the plot of the movie have been mum, but this trailer hints that Pikachu was part of a car accident with Tim's father and has lost his memories in the process. Most of the rest of the trailer shows first-looks at Pokémon never-before-seen in previous promotional material for the film, including our first look at the formidable Mewtwo at the very end of the trailer.

The trailer arrives on the eve of Pokémon Day (February 27), a day in which Pokémon fans all over the world celebrate the game and its 20-plus year history. Other announcements are expected from The Pokémon Company around Pokémon Day, including a rumored new main series video game. The movie "Detective Pikachu" seems to be loosely based off of the video game of the same name released for the Nintendo DS in 2018.

"Detective Pikachu" was green-lit for development back in 2016 shortly after the release of the Pokémon Go app. The augmented reality game that sent users stampeding through Central Park to catch a rare Pokémon set the world by storm with record downloads. Though the craze for that game may not be what it was in July of 2016, Forbes reports that Pokémon Go still had 147 million active players in May 2018.

Fans can take their own detective skills to the theaters to try to solve the case along with Pikachu when the movie hits theaters May 10.

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