Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Ryan Reynolds To Star In 'Pokemon' Movie 'Detective Pikachu'

Ryan Reynolds To Star In 'Pokemon' Movie 'Detective Pikachu'

The long anticipated Pokémon live-action picture, Detective Pikachu, continues to move forward, and it has found its Pikachu in Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool), who has signed on for the motion capture role, according to THR. Instead, the live-action Pokemon film is pulling from the game Great Detective Pikachu, an investigative spin on the Pokemon superstar a la Sherlock Holmes, who has a knack for finding things and solving mysteries.

Plot details have also been revealed as the story follows Smith when his character's father is kidnapped, leading to his team-up with Pikachu in order to find him. He'll bring his talents to this film that's helmed by director Rob Letterman, who's no stranger to family animated comedies, with his resume that includes Monsters vs. Aliens and Shark Tale.

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.

Reynolds work does not stop at the voice of Pikachu, however.

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

Ryan Reynolds has gotta catch 'em all. Newton's character, a "sassy journalist", tags along. Legendary intends for the feature to be the first in a new series of films that explores the Pokemon franchise from a fresh perspective.

No word yet on a release date.

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