So many absurd things have happened this year that it’s hard to remember that not only are we getting a live action Pokémon film, it’s actually based on a Japan-only game about a Pikachu that solves crimes. But yes, it’s still happening, and just took a major step forward by closing in on casting its female lead.
Variety reports that Big Little Lies’ Kathryn Newton is in negotiations to join Legendary Entertainment and Universal’s adaptation of Great Detective Pikachu, as the Japan-only 3DS title is known in the West. Details about the role are undisclosed other than it’s the primary female role in the movie, alongside star Justice Smith. I dunno, maybe Pikachu will hit on her like he does with other women in the game?
In the game—which I must once again state is about a Pokémon that solves pokécrimes—there isn’t really a primary female protagonist alongside the aforementioned Pikachu or his new best friend, a kid named Tim Goodman, so there stands a good chance Newton’s character is entirely created for the adaptation. That isn’t too surprising, given the thought of Pokémon’s first real foray into live-action entertainment remaining faithful to a game the vast majority of the audience will barely know exists would be just as crazy as, well... a movie about Great Detective Pikachu.
We live in interesting times, my friends.