Ryan Reynolds Cast as Pikachu in Upcoming Live-Action Pokémon Movie

Ryan Reynolds Cast As Detective Pikachu                                                                    by Peter Palt

Ryan Reynolds Cast As Detective Pikachu by Peter Palt

Reynolds is used to being a hero.

The 41-year-old Deadpool actor will star alongside Jurassic World star Justice Smith and Big Little Lies actress Kathryn Newton.

Considering how Pokémon has sold hundreds of millions of games and billions of trading cards, fans are simultaneously delighted and blown away by the casting choice. This marks a huge get for Legendary in terms of star power, and audiences are already familiar with just hearing Reynolds' voice thanks to his role as Deadpool.

Rob Letterman (Goosebumps) is directing the project, which is due to start shooting mid-January in London.

Ryan Reynolds is readying to catch 'em all in a new installment of one of the world's biggest franchises. Smith then joins Pikachu and "a sassy journalist" (Newton) to track him down.

Not a stranger to voice acting and motion capture (which will be utilized for the role), Ryan Reynolds certainly has the skills to pull this off. While video game films are often announced and quietly canceled, the Pokémon movie, based on the Detective Pikachu game, has been picking up quite a bit of steam of late.

THR reports few other details are known about the plot at this time. Universal Pictures is handling distribution of the live-action film outside Japan; Toho will handle distribution in Japan.

No release date is set as of yet.

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