Justice Smith, The Get Down

Legendary's live-action Pokémon film finds lead in The Get Down's Justice Smith

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Nov 16, 2017

Legendary's live-action Pokémon movie has cast its lead actor: Justice Smith.

Smith's role in the first-ever live-action Pokémon movie has yet to be confirmed beyond the fact that he's the star. He's probably best known for his role in Baz Luhrman's The Get Down, which aired on Netflix. He'll next be seen in an undisclosed role in the upcoming Jurassic World sequel.

There is no official synopsis yet for the film, which, according to The Hollywood Reporter, is said to be based on Great Detective Pikachu, a video game that was released in Japan in 2016. In that game, Pikachu is a detective who meets a boy named Tim Goodman who can understand Pikachu's unique language. The two team up to solve mysteries together. Could Smith be playing Tim Goodman?

Nicole Perlman (Thor, Guardians of the Galaxy) and Alex Hirsch (Gravity Falls) are writing the script. Goosbumps director Rob Letterman is on board to direct.

Pokémon has been a worldwide phenomenon since 1996, when the first video game came out. Since then, there have been dozens of other video games (including the most successful mobile game in U.S. history, Pokémon Go), a card game, 20 animated features, a cartoon series, manga, and more. There are Pikachu balloons in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and a Pokémon-themed airplane in Japan. The Simpsons and South Park have satired the franchise. And a live show toured the U.S. in 2000.

There's no release date as of yet, but the live-action Pokémon film is planned to be the first in a series based on the franchise.