Ryan Reynolds catches title role in Detective Pikachu


Hollywood studio Legendary has hired Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds to play the lead role in its upcoming Detective Pikachu film, according to Hollywood Reporter. Detective Pikachu is a self-styled investigator who is good at finding things... and people.

Reynolds will star alongside actors Justice Smith (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and The Get Down) and Kathryn Newton (Big Little Lies).

He has done the Green Lantern, and he does Deadpool, but can Ryan Reynolds do Pikachu? Despite Mr. DeVito's comments when the project was announced past year, it looks like Ryan Reynolds will be voicing the character, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Smith's character's father disappears and triggers an investigation, which launches all the characters on a search. Reynolds' performance will be done through motion capture, though the idea of him in a giant Pikachu costume is kind of growing on us.

Toho, a longtime partner of The Pokemon Company, will distribute Detective Pikachu in Japan.

Filming of the Detective Pikachu movie is set to begin next month. Newton plays a sassy journalist who aids them on their search.

The script was penned by Guardians of the Galaxy writers Alex Hirsch and Nicole Perlman, so this should be great. The film is being distributed by Universal, but a North American release date has not yet been announced.