Late last night Ryan Reynolds revealed that Detective Pikachu had leaked early online via a tweet at the official movie’s account and Warner Bros. but it’s all an elaborate troll.
We’re currently sitting 2 days away from the release of the highly (ish) anticipated first live action Pokémon movie, Detective Pikachu. Don’t get me wrong, that’s not too long to wait at all, but those truly desperate to see the film immediately can now be directed to a leaked version uploaded to YouTube.
Well, sort of.
Boom, you’ve just been bamboozled. Let me explain. The movie stars one Ryan Reynolds, who’s pretty notorious for his stellar sense of humor. Yesterday, he tweeted this:
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) May 7, 2019
Following this mysterious link takes you to a YouTube video with a runtime identical to the confirmed length of Detective Pikachu, plus an entire first minute of seemingly real footage; featuring both company logos and completed special effects for the various pocket monsters.
After this minute though, things start to get weird. A funky beat starts to play over the footage before a hard cut takes you to a shot of an 80’s inspired dance routine (inspired by a Key and Peele sketch) featuring the film’s namesake, which lasts for the rest of the runtime. Yes, that’s 100 minutes of adorable yellow dancing.
The Tweet and corresponding video follow a series of viral marketing attempts for the film (similar to that of the Deadpool series in which Reynolds also plays the lead), usually uploaded by and starring Ryan himself. They seem to be working too, with this hoax sitting at almost 5 million views at the time of writing.
Of course, thinking about it, this was never going to be real. Why would the movies biggest name, arguably one of the most famous people on the planet, bring attention to a leak that would severely damage the success of his upcoming project? Still, you were excited for a second there, weren’t you?
Detective Pikachu hits theatres May 10, currently sitting at a 71% Rotten Tomatoes score, pretty damn good for a video game franchise. Only time will tell whether audiences prefer this undeniably funky leak, or the actual movie.