Back in October we broke the news that Lionsgate was looking at three interesting choices to star in their upcoming adaptation of the Nintendo video game Detective Pikachu. A spinoff from the ultra-popular Pokémon series, the game follows a talking Pikachu and his human companion as they solve mysteries. It was an out-of-left-field choice for the first live-action Pokémon movie, but the prospect of Hugh Jackman, Ryan Reynolds, Mark Wahlberg, or Dwayne Johnson taking on the titular role made the Rob Letterman (Goosebumps) directed picture an intriguing prospect.
Now, word has come (via The Hollywood Reporter) that Reynolds is the lucky actor that Lionsgate has selected to play Detective Pikachu. A combined voice and motion capture role, it will be very interesting to see Reynolds bring his comedic persona—currently defined in the zeitgeist by his R-rated performance in Deadpool—to one of pop culture’s cutest characters.
Reynolds’ addition to the cast comes after previous announcements that actors Justice Smith (Jurassic World) and Kathryn Newton (Big Little Lies) would play parts in the film, which THR notes is scheduled to being shooting in London come January. THR describes the plot as a mystery to find the father of Smith’s character, with Newton playing a journalist who helps Smith and Detective Pikachu on the case.
Pokémon is obviously a hugely successful franchise, and after the reportedly heated bidding war that went on in Hollywood for the film rights to the franchise, Lionsgate will be hoping that Detective Pikachu becomes a big global success. Casting someone like Reynolds is a step in the right direction to ensuring that success.
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