When Detective Pikachu launched in 2019, it was a surprise hit, earning a ton at the box office and being well received by both fans and critics. Despite that, actor Justice Smith, who starred in the film, doesn’t think Detective Pikachu 2 will happen.
In a new interview with Inverse, Smith was asked about the possibility of another entry in the series, and while he said he’d love to participate, he isn’t sure it’ll happen.
“I would love to participate in Detective Pikachu 2,” Smith said. “I don’t know if it’s going to happen. I think we have to just kind of bury our hopes. I don’t think it’s going to happen. I really hope so though. Honestly, I’m such a huge fan, who knows, who knows? I hope so.”
Prior to the launch of Detective Pikachu, a sequel had been greenlit, with Oren Uziel (22 Jump Street, The Cloverfield Paradox) set to write the script for the next movie in the series. However, no real news on the project has come up in the past couple of years, and Smith’s comments to Inverse seem to suggest that things aren’t looking too good for the project.
Detective Pikachu’s cast consisted of Golden Globe nominee Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool) as the titular talking Pokemon with Justice Smith (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom), Kathryn Newton (Big Little Lies), Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe (The Last Samurai), Suki Waterhouse (Assassination Nation), Rita Ora (Fifty Shades Freed) and Golden Globe winner Bill Nighy (Gideon’s Daughter). Smith starred as a teen whose father is kidnapped which leads him to Reynolds’ Pikachu and Kathryn Newton as a young journalist who teams up in order to find him.