Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds is set to star in Legendary Picture's Pokemon film Detective Pikachu! The actor will provide the voice of the popular Pokemon character and he will join the previously cast Justice Smith (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) and Kathryn Newton (Big Little Lies).
Reynolds was one of four big actors previously rumored to be in talks for the role. The other three actors were Dwyane Johnson, Mark Wahlberg, and Hugh Jackman. It seems like it will be a good fit for Reynolds as he'll bring the character to life in a very fun and lively way. Apparently, Reynolds will shoot the film using motion capture technology.
The movie is being directed by Goosebumps director Rob Letterman from a script that is being written by Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Alex Hirsch (Gravity Falls). Detective Pikachu will be the first film in a planned franchise centering on the character. The story for the game that the movie is based on is described as follows:
The game follows a peculiar talking Pikachu who, despite not being as powerful and nimble as other Pikachu of his kind, is rather intelligent and claims to be a great detective. One day, Pikachu encounters a boy named Tim Goodman, who is able to understand what he is saying. Thus, the two begin working together to solve various mysteries revolving around Pokémon in the city.
Legendary has put this project on the fast-track and they were hoping to start shooting sometime soon.