‘Detective Pikachu’ Trailer: Ryan Reynolds Is an Adorable Spark of Energy (Video)

Justice Smith also stars in live action Pokémon film

Ryan Reynolds is finally playing the role he always knew he would, which was on display in the first trailer for the film “Detective Pikachu.”

In director Rob Letterman’s live-action Pokémon film, Reynolds voices an adorable yellow Pikachu that only Justice Smith’s (“The Get Down,” “Jurassic World: The Fallen Kingdom”) Tim Goodman, who once aspired to be a Pokémon trainer, can understand.

In the trailer, Reynolds’ Pikachu meets Tim, who appears to be in the midst of a significant life and professional change. They connect, come to terms with one another and help each other on a quest for Tim’s dad.

The film features a mix of human actors and CGI Pokémon. It’s a world where people collect Pokémon to do battle, but Tim comes across Reynolds’ intelligent Pikachu, who instead seeks to be a detective.

“Detective Pikachu” comes after the phenomenal success of the augmented reality mobile game Pokémon GO, based on the popular the Japanese TV series, trading cards and video games.

The film, which was produced by Legendary Entertainment, moved to Warner Bros. in July from Universal. The film, which also stars Bill Nighy, Kathryn Newton, Suki Waterhouse, Ken Watanabe and Rita Ora, is expected to hit theaters in May 2019.

Watch the trailer above.