Ryan Reynolds Set to Star in Pokemon Live-Action Movie 'Detective Pikachu'

Carla Harmon
December 7, 2017

Until then, don't be surprised if you see a big yellow pocket monster with a magnifying glass and the voice of Ryan Reynolds, because that's kind of the point. The world is unusual, and I'm not sure I'm long for it anymore.

The actor has officially signed on to play Detective Pikachu in Legendary's new live action film based on the Pokemon franchise. While I'm sitting here wondering what a totally mocapped Pikachu would look like, I think we can all agree there will likely be fewer f-bombs. Goosebumps director Rob Letterman is at the helm of the production. Reynolds will play the titular Pikachu character, who speaks English in the Detective Pikachu series, where only one other character can understand the language. These are things I wouldn't know because I'm a grown fucking man, but I hope your kids are happy.

Reynolds is expected to portray the iconic character through motion capture.

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

The Internet's first choice for the role was the great Danny DeVito, because Frank from Always Sunny coming out of Pikachu's cute little face is a surprisingly good fit. 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 then joins Pikachu and "a sassy journalist" (Newton) to track him down. The character of Detective Pikachu is comical because he is a gruff spin on what is typically a cute character who can only squeak his own name.

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