Ryan Reynolds to Play the Titular Detective Pikachu

Posted 2017/12/08 0 0

Reynolds has been cast as the Detective Pikachu in its upcoming live-action film.


According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ryan Reynolds has been cast to play Pikachu in the first-ever live-action Pokémon movie. He’ll star opposite The Get Down’s Justice Smith, who will play a human being. The story revolves around Pikachu, Detective Pikachu, as he helps a young boy find his missing father. Big Little Lies' Kathryn Newton will play a journalist who helps the pair along the way. “Goosebumps” helmer Rob Letterman will direct “Detective Pikachu” from a script by Nicole Perlman and Alex Hirsch.

Details about Detective Pikachu are sparse right now aside from the broad strokes of the plot, but Reynolds’ casting is really the key piece of information here given how important and, frankly, odd his role in the film will be. And did Reynolds hint us about the role last year? Last year, the actor shared an amazing bit of fanart (seen below) of a Deadpool Pikachu on his Twitter account. At the time, we thought it was just a high quality depiction of the "Electric Mouse with a Mouth," but it could be that Reynolds may have known that he was destined to play Pikachu on the small screen.

Reynolds starred as the foul-mouthed lead character in Fox’s “Deadpool” last year. The superhero vehicle grossed nearly $800 million worldwide for Fox, spawning a sequel, “Deadpool 2,” which hits theaters June 1, 2018. He starred with Samuel L. Jackson in “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” for Lionsgate this year.

Smith recently broke out on the Netflix musical drama series “The Get Down” after director Baz Luhrmann handpicked him to star in the series that he created and exec produced. That led to Smith being cast one of the leads in “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.”