Fans who are eagerly awaiting the premiere of Detective Pikachu were in for quite a surprise when a YouTube link surfaced online advertising itself as a leak of the entire movie. Since its publishing on May 7, the video has gone viral earning over 4.6 million views in 24 hours. While the clip is not all it appears to be, who was the culprit behind this supposed leak? Would any of us really be that surprised if it was Ryan Reynolds himself?
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The “POKÉMON Detective Pikachu: Full Picture” video opens with the expected Warner Bros. title card, leading fans to believe they really have stumbled across the full version of the film.
However, the video soon transitions into one hour and 42 minutes of Pikachu dancing.
Pikachu voice-actor Ryan Reynolds tweeted out the link to his followers, which lead fans to wonder if he was the source behind this boost for Detective Pikachu‘s marketing.
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) May 7, 2019
The twitter account that posted the link has the handle “InspectrPikachu” while the video’s title card shows “R. Reynolds” in the top left corner.
POKÉMON Detective Pikachu — FULL MOVIE — https://t.co/qsqXvUOpvI
— Inspector Pikachu (@InspectrPikachu) May 7, 2019
The official Twitter for the movie even replied to Reynolds’ tweet, going as far as to change their Twitter name to ‘Detective Leakachu’.
— Detective Leakachu (@DetPikachuMovie) May 7, 2019
It wouldn’t be the first time Reynolds was accused of “leaking” film footage in order to create a buzz online.
During the filming of Deadpool, a leak involving test footage from the film found its way online with many believing Reynolds to be behind the leak.
In addition to Reynolds, Suki Waterhouse, Rita Ora, Bill Nighy and Smith will also appear in the film. Smith had a packed year after his lead role in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the story is set into motion when Goodman’s father is kidnapped, forcing him to team up with Detective Pikachu to find him.
To make matters more chaotic, Goodman is the only human who can understand Pikachu talk.
In other news, the film recently revived the Pokemon trading card ticket tradition.
Pokemon: Detective Pikachu premieres in theaters May 10.
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