Detective Pikachu is coming back to the big screen!
The first film, Detective Pikachu, premiered in 2014 and starred Chris Pine as the titular character.
The sequel, Detective Chinatown 2 (out May 31), is directed by Chris McKay (Sucker Punch) and stars Charlie Hunnam as a high school student with a knack for solving crimes.
In the first film’s second installment, Detective Chan, Channing Tatum plays a man who is obsessed with solving mysteries and is constantly in search of clues that lead him to solve mysteries.
Detective Pikachu (pictured) was based on a sketch from writer Seth Grahame-Smith and director Chris McKay, who is currently working on another upcoming mystery film, the Seth Grahl Movie.
Detective Channing will be a part of the sequel to Channing’s first film and Channing himself is set to star in the sequel.
“Channing Tatalay is a man obsessed with finding the answers that lead to mysteries that are never solved,” McKay said in a statement.
“The story is told in a fictional world where Channing has a passion for solving mysteries.
Channing and Chan are friends who enjoy each other’s company and he’s determined to prove himself to the world.”
Channing is known for his roles in Disney’s upcoming Coco and The Great Beauty, and will soon be seen in the upcoming film The Jungle Book.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Chan’s character will also be based on the sketchbook of the same name that first appeared in Detective Pikachu.
While Channing isn’t playing a detective in Channing: The Animated Series, Chan and Chan also worked together on Channing & Tatum: The Next Generation.
Channing will next be seen on Fox’s The Mindy Project, which is set for a May 30 release.
The original Channing debuted in 2013, but the sequel will be the first live-action Channing film to be released in the United States.
In the movie, Chan (played by Pine) discovers the existence of a hidden message, which leads him to a mystery of his own.
Chan is then captured by a shadowy organization and taken to the jungle, where he must stop the message before it is lost forever.
It’s unclear when Chan will be able to reprise his role in Chan and the Mystery Men.
A trailer for Chan and his pals first film was released back in 2014, and the film was followed by Chan and a friend (played Nick Offerman) returning to the mainland to join Channing in a rescue mission.
If Chan and Tatum are back in the Chan and Detective Pikachu sequel, it would make for an interesting, and potentially very popular, live-Action Channing.
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