Ryan Reynolds Will Play Pikachu in Live-Action Pokémon Movie (Seriously)

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Ryan Reynolds is a huge star these days thanks to starring in the wildly popular Deadpool movie. He’s now going to play another iconic nerd culture character, but it’s not someone (or something) you would expect. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Reynolds will play Pikachu in the upcoming live-action Pokémon movie.

Specifically, Reynolds will play Detective Pikachu. For those who don’t know, Detective Pikachu is an odd Pokémon who has the ability to speak. He isn’t nearly as powerful as other Pikachu or Pokémon, but he makes up for that with his brilliance. Along with human friend Tim Goodman, Detective Pikachu uses his smarts to solve all manner of crimes. A Detective Pikachu game was released in Japan this past February. So far, there is no word on whether or not the game will release outside of Japan.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom‘s Justice Smith will play Pikachu’s friend (presumably Tim Goodman). Smith’s character’s father is kidnapped, which forces the teenager to team up with the talking Pokémon to find him. Along the way, the pair meet a reporter played by Kathryn Newton who decides to help them.

Few details about the project have been released. We do know Reynold’s role is motion-capture in nature. Since Detective Pikachu can speak, Reynolds may also give voice to the creature. It seems like a waste of time to hire such a big-name Hollywood actor just for motion capture. Hopefully, folks won’t freak out when they hear Pikachu speak in this movie as they did during a screening of Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You!

The Detective Pikachu film is being directed by Rob Letterman. Alex Hirsch and Nicole Perlman wrote the latest draft of the script. Universal Pictures is handling distribution outside of Japan, while Toho is handling Japanese distribution.

 

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