The official YouTube channel for the Pokémon franchise began streaming a special promotional video on Thursday for Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution (Mew Two no Gyakushū Evolution), the 22nd film in the Pokémon franchise. The video features Rita Ora's song "Let You Love Me." Ora played Dr. Ann Laurent in the Pokémon Detective Pikachu live-action film. She also performed the song "Carry On" for the film.
The film will screen at Anime Expo on Thursday, and then will open in Japan on July 12.
The film's title is a reference to Pokemon: The First Movie, which opened in Japan in 1998 with the Japanese title Pocket Monsters: Mewtwo no Gyakushū. Kunihiko Yuyama is returning from other franchise installments to direct the film alongside Motonori Sakakibara (Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, Rudolf the Black Cat). Takeshi Shudō (Pokemon: The First Movie) is credited as the scriptwriter, although he passed away in 2010.
The main cast of the anime series, along with the Team Rocket cast, return for the film. Masachika Ichimura is also reprising his role as Mewtwo from the original Pokemon: The First Movie. The late voice actor Unshō Ishizuka provided narration for the new film.
Entertainer (and well-known Pokémon fan) Shoko Nakagawa is joining enka singer Sachiko Kobayashi in singing the "Kaze to Issho ni" (With the Wind) ending theme song for the film. The duet is a cover of Kobayashi's theme song for the original 1998 film.
Source: Pokémon's YouTube channel