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‘Detective Pikachu’ leak goes viral after Ryan Reynolds trolls internet

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May 8, 2019
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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?

Check out the “full movie” below!

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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.


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.

The official Twitter for the movie even replied to Reynolds’ tweet, going as far as to change their Twitter name to ‘Detective Leakachu’.


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.

Check out the “leaked” movie below.

Did you think the full movie was actually leaked? Do you believe Reynolds is the one behind this marketing ploy? Sound off in the comments below!

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Written by Whitney Shoemaker

Whitney is your definition of pop punk trash. If she's not jamming to State Champs or Grayscale, then she's probably out enjoying the finer things or working a show for Fearless Records as a Street Team Leader. She's a realist and an optimist, calling the city of Columbus her home. A huge fan of naps, Whitney often falls asleep in a city that doesn't. She's not hard to please, finding joy in discovering new bands or playing Everlong on the late night radio. Working at Alt Press and breaking ground in the music scene have always been a dream of hers, telling herself at an early age she was down for losing it all to make that happen! Now the weekend writer at AP, Whitney is prepared to be noticed and eager to contribute to the scene. If you catch her at a concert feel free to stick around, make small talk, or discuss her overuse of State Champs lyrics and song titles in her bio.