Ryan Reynolds To Star As Detective Pikachu In Upcoming Movie

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You ever thought that Ryan Reynolds would play Pikachu? Yeah. Me neither.

You surprised that he’ll be playing Detective Pikachu in the live-action movie? Yeah, I’m not that surprised too.

When a man makes his living playing Deadpool, then you can suddenly see him taking some strange roles.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Reynolds will be voicing the titular character in the live-action movie based on the Pokemon property. Reynolds joins Justice Smith (The Get Down) and Kathryn Newton (Big Little Lies), who both have joined the project.

Rob Letterman (Goosebumps) will direct the film.

Detective Pikachu functions differently from Ash’s Pikachu that we all know and love. While Pikachu are a type of Pokemon, who can usually just say their names, Detective Pikachu is a Sherlock Holmes-ish version of the character. He, like Team Rocket’s Meowth, can talk.

I will see it will be weird to hear Pikachu without a high-pitched voice.

In the film, Smith’s character teams up with the good detective in order to find his missing father. Newton plays a sassy journalist who joins them on their quest.

Reynolds’ portrayal of Pikachu is said to be motion capture in nature.

Legendary has kept other details very secretive. We do know that the film is slated to begin shooting in mid-January of 2018.

Bec Heim