The Live Action Pokemon Movie Has Cast Its Pikachu

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

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

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

THR reports the Deadpool actor joins Justice Smith (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) and Kathryn Newton (Little Big Lies) on the flick.

The actor will not only voice the role of a special breed of Pikachu set to star in the movie, but will also provide motion-capture footage for the character. As fans of the franchise will recall, Pikachu was protagonist Ash's best bud, accompanying the trainer on his adventures as he fought to catch 'em all. Smith's character's father disappears and triggers an investigation, which launches all the characters on a search. He'll be voicing the yellow-electric-mouse Pokemon, fashioning a Sherlock Holmes-y sensibility to go along with the Detective Pikachu title.

For any other leading man, that synopsis would be a head-scratcher, but Reynolds is turning roles that wouldn't work for many of his peers into gold. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the movie will begin shooting mid-January in London. Newton's character fills out the heroic trio as a "sassy journalist" - so basically, just imagine me. The current draft of the script is written by Alex Hirsch and Nicole Perlman. It will also be produced through Universal Pictures, who will distribute the film in the US and most global markets.

No word yet on a release date. Let us know in the comments!

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