In what may very well be an insanely elaborate viral marketing stunt for Deadpool 2, Ryan Reynolds has been officially cast as the titular detective in Legendary’s live-action Pokemon movie, Detective Pikachu.
As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Reynolds will join Justice Smith (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) and Kathryn Newton (Big Little Lies) in the upcoming film, directed by Rob Letterman (Goosebumps). Shooting is set to get underway mid-January in London.
The massively successful Pokemon franchise requires little introduction but just what the heck is Detective Pikachu? Essentially, he’s a highly intelligent version of the popular Pokemon character who possesses the ability to speak. As his title implies, he’s also a self-styled investigator who is good at finding things and solving mysteries.
The basic premise, according to THR, is that when Smith’s character’s father is kidnapped, the teen is forced to team up with Pikachu in order to find him. Newton will play a sassy journalist who helps the pair in their quest.
Don’t expect to see Reynolds traipsing about in a Pikachu costume though, as sources say that the role will be performed via motion-capture.
To reiterate: Ryan Reynolds is starring in a Detective Pikachu movie. As if 2017 couldn’t get any stranger …
Source: The Hollywood Reporter