Ryan Reynolds Will Play Pikachu In A Live-Action Pokemon Movie

Joann Johnston
December 7, 2017

Hoping for Danny DeVito to voice Detective Pikachu in the upcoming live-action film based on the character? The teen teams up with Pikachu in order to help track down the people responsible for the deed, enlisting the help of a journalist played by Kathryn Newton along the way. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the movie will begin shooting mid-January in London.

In 2017, Donald Trump is President, Mister Sulu is a possible sex pest, OJ Simpson is walking around as a free man, and Ryan Reynolds will be playing a sentient yellow blob who solves crimes and speaks with a amusing voice. Reynolds' performance will be done through motion capture, though the idea of him in a giant Pikachu costume is kind of growing on us.

Readers of Shacknews may have noticed that our staff has an affinity for the idea of an English-speaking Pikachu in a detective's hat who solves mysteries.

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Ryan Reynolds thought he had a phenomenon on his hands when he hit it big with his passion project, Deadpool, but boy, he has no idea what awaits! Rob Letterman will direct Detective Pikachu, with Nicole Perlman and Alex Hirsch penning the script.

He'll play the title character, as The Hollywood reporter first reported. Universal Pictures is handling distribution of the live-action film outside Japan; Toho will handle distribution in Japan.

No word yet on a release date.

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