Kathryn Newton to Play the Female Lead in Live-Action Pokemon Movie

Posted 2017/11/30 0 0

After Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton is the newest name added to the cast list.


Kathryn Newton, who appeared in HBO's Big Little Lies, is in talks for the leading female role in Legendary and The Pokémon Company’s live-action Detective Pikachu film, starring opposite The Get Down's Justice Smith. The role Newton nabbed is that of Lucy, a sassy journalist who goes on an adventure with the boy, played by Smith, and Pikachu, who will be a motion-capture creation for the movie. (In the Pokemon universe, Lucy also has her own Pokemon sidekick, a Psyduck. It is not known if he will appear in the movie.) Stranger Things star Natalia Dyer, Haley Lu Richardson (who broke out earlier this year with M. Night Shyamalan’s Split) and 13 Reasons Why star Katherine Langford were also in the running for the role.

Rob Letterman is on board to direct from a script by Nicole Perlman and Alex Hirsch. First introduced in Japan in 1996, Pokemon has spawned more than 295 million video games sold worldwide, 23.6 billion trading card game cards shipped to 74 countries, and an animated series spanning 20 seasons. The hugely popular “Pokemon Go” app saw the pocket monsters surge back into the pop culture consciousnesses last year. Universal Pictures will handle distribution of the live-action film outside Japan, as it has done with Legendary’s other films for years. The Pokémon Company’s long time movie collaborator, Toho, will handle distribution of the film franchise in Japan, which it previously did for its partnership with Legendary on “Godzilla.”

Along with the Emmy-winning HBO miniseries Big Little Lies, Newton has appeared in two critically acclaimed 2017 films, Lady Bird and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. She will next appear in BBC’s adaptation of Little Women, Supernatural spin-off Wayward Sisters, Universal comedy Blockers and Julia Roberts drama Ben is Back.