Every summer there's a new Pokemon feature film in Japan. And every Pokemon film seems to rope in a big celebrity to do voice work. In the past, Akihiro Miwa and Shoko Nakagawa lent their talents to the flicks.
For the upcoming flick, popular Japanese model Rola will be voicing "Marine", a young girl Ash meets.
"I've loved Pokemon since I was small," Rola said. "And I was always playing the Pokemon games, and I love Pikachu."
Rola, whose father is from Bangladesh and whose mother is half Japanese and part Russian, is probably the most popular model in Japan at the moment.
Rola will be making her solo singing debut with Pocket Monsters Best Wishes! The Movie: Kyurem vs. the Sacred Swordsman: Keldeo. Rola's song, "Memories", will be the anime's theme song for the film, which opens this July in Japan.
Getting selected to do the Pokemon theme is a big deal. And while it might not mean much for her street cred as a singer, it does help cement Rola's mainstream popularity in Japan.
ローラ声優＆主題歌！今夏ポケモン映画記事を印刷する [Nikkan Sports]