Ryan Reynolds To Do Some Pokemon Sleuthing In 'Detective Pikachu'

Lawrence Kim
December 7, 2017

Ryan Reynolds is joining the cast of "Detective Pikachu", the live-action Pokémon movie, as the titular lead, Pikachu. Casting has begun - Kathryn Newton and Justice Smith are lined up to play the eponymous detective's human friends - but now a big ol' Hollywood star is attached too. Though not a ton has been revealed about the pair's characters, we do know that Smith plays a teen boy who teams up with Pikachu after his father is kidnapped and that Newton portrays a "sassy journalist" named Lucy.

Filming on the project is expected to start soon.

The concept of Pokemon, which was initially a card-collecting game as well as anime, sees players acting as trainers who collect cute but powerful monsters called Pokemon in order to compete in battle tournaments.

Legendary's live-action Pokémon movie, Detective Pikachu, has been charging full-steam ahead in the past month. 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.

Gravity Falls creator Alex Hirsch and Guardians of the Galaxy co-screenwriter Nicole Perlman wrote the current script for Detective Pikachu. It's sold 300 million video games (including Nintendo 3DS' Detective Pickachu, shown up top), had over 20 seasons of animated programming, and has even taken over the virtual reality world with mobile game Pokemon Go.

Reynolds' Deadpool sequel is set to open June 1. Is Reynolds the right choice?

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