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It wasn’t that long ago that we were pondering who would be cast in the lead role for the upcoming Detective Pikachu movie.
Well, according to The Hollywood Reporter, none other than Ryan Reynolds will be voicing the world’s most famous Pokémon.
This is, obviously, an interesting choice for the role, but if you’re trying to legitimise Pokémon as a credible potential film-franchise, why wouldn’t you want one of Hollywood’s best at the forefront?
Reynolds will join previously announced cast members Kathryn Newton (of Big Little Lies fame) and Justice Smith (whom fans may know from Get Down and will soon be appearing in the upcoming Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom movie).
According to the report from THR, Detective Pikachu begins,
“when Smith’s character’s father is kidnapped, forcing the teen to team up with Pikachu in order to find him.
Newton is a sassy journalist who helps them in their quest.”
Detective Pikachu does not currently have a release date, though filming is scheduled to begin in London in February.
Rob Letterman (of Goosebumps fame) is set to direct, based off of a screenplay by Alex Hirsch (from Gravity Falls), and Guardians of the Galaxy‘s Nicole Perlman.
Universal Pictures is set to handle the distribution outside of Japan, with Toho taking responsibilities within the country – a fitting pairing as The Pokémon Company has had a long-running partnership with Toho
The announcement has left many fans online a little disappointed that Danny DeVito wasn’t cast, but I think we can all agree, Ryan Reynolds will definitely bring a unique level of charm and comedy to the role – because everyone knows Pikachu has both of those qualities, right?