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Gotta Catch Them All – An Interview with Pokémon Detective Pikachu’s Justice Smith

Pokémon: Detective Pikachu, is the first live-action film in the popular franchise set to release in theaters this coming Friday, May 10th.

The story begins when ace detective Harry Goodman goes mysteriously missing, prompting his 21-year-old son Tim played by Justice Smith to find out what happened. Aiding in the investigation is Harry’s former Pokémon partner, Detective Pikachu: a hilariously wise-cracking, adorable super-sleuth who is a puzzlement even to himself. Finding they are uniquely equipped to communicate with one another, Tim and Pikachu join forces on a thrilling adventure to unravel the tangled mystery.

Chasing clues together through the neon-lit streets of Ryme City—a sprawling, modern metropolis where humans and Pokémon live side by side in a hyper-realistic live-action world—they encounter a diverse cast of Pokémon characters including the help of a reporter, Lucy Stevens and her Psyduck, until they come across something that endangers the Pokémon world and uncover a shocking plot that could destroy this peaceful co-existence and threaten the whole Pokémon universe.

The Koalition spoke with Justice Smith about his role in Detective Pikachu, his love of Pokémon and how working on Jurassic Park prepared him for solving crime in Ryme City.

Check out our interview below.