Ryan Reynolds is Detective Pikachu

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Ryan Reynolds is set to star in the first ever live-action Pokemon film, Detective Pikachu. Folks who are used to Pikachu's cute anime voice might be at a disadvantage, but it's wise to note that Detective Pikachu is a variant of the original character.

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. The film will be directed by Rob Letterman (Goosebumps) and will begin shooting in London this coming January.

The upcoming Detective Pikachu movie will also star actors Justice Smith, recently seen in the Netflix series The Get Down, and Kathryn Newton from the HBO miniseries Big Little Lies. Ryan Reynolds certainly is diversifying his portfolio going from wise-cracking Deadpool to Detective Pikachu. Newton plays a sassy journalist who aids them on their search.

Many details of the project are being kept off the grid, including the casting, which has been underway under the radar by the usually secretive Legendary. The script comes from Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Alex Hirsch (Gravity Falls). Universal Pictures is handling distribution of the live-action film outside Japan; Toho will handle distribution in Japan.

Before he goes yellow, Reynolds will return as his foul-mouthed mercenary in next year's Deadpool 2.

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