Ryan Reynolds Set To Star In 'Detective Pikachu' Movie

Ryan Reynolds To Star In Pokemon Movie Detective Pikachu

Ryan Reynolds to Star in Pokemon Movie 'Detective Pikachu' (Exclusive)

Per The Hollywood Reporter, Reynolds' performance will be motion capture-based, and the story follows Smith's character when he teams up with Detective to track down his kidnapped father. Reynolds is used to being a hero.

Reynolds joins the cast which now includes The Get Down star Justice Smith and Kathryn Newton (Big Little Lies, Halt and Catch Fire). Earlier this year there were rumors swirling that Legendary was eyeballing some big-name talent for the role, including the likes of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Mark Wahlberg, and they've certainly landed their recognizable star in Reynolds.

Considering how Pokémon has sold hundreds of millions of games and billions of trading cards, fans are simultaneously delighted and blown away by the casting choice.

Of course, Reynolds won't actually be seen on screen at any point, given that he's just lending his voice, but still, his charm and charisma will definitely come through and should ensure that audiences get themselves into theaters for this one. Ryan Reynolds certainly is diversifying his portfolio going from wise-cracking Deadpool to Detective Pikachu.

Despite that, "Detective Pikachu" is scheduled to start shooting in January. Newton's character, a "sassy journalist", tags along.

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Directed by Goosebumps helmer Rob Letterman, Detective Pikachu touts a script penned by Gravity Falls series creator Alex Hirsch and Guardians of the Galaxy screenwriter Nicole Perlman.

This news comes from an exclusive report from The Hollywood Reporter.

In addition, Universal Pictures is named a distributor of the film outside Japan, whereas Toho will handle distribution there.

The game follows a peculiar talking Pikachu who, despite not being as powerful and nimble as other Pikachu of his kind, is rather intelligent and claims to be a great detective.

No word yet on a release date.

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