Detective Pikachu has finally tracked down the man who will provide his voice in the upcoming live-action Pokémon movie from Legendary Pictures. Entertainment news source The Hollywood Reporter revealed on Wednesday that Ryan Reynolds will play the “titular character” Detective Pikachu alongside his fellow cast members Justice Smith and Kathryn Newton.
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The Hollywood Reporter broke the story, and the report went on to explain that Detective Pikachu is no ordinary Pikachu. Reynolds’ character as a peculiar sort from the Pikachu. Set, a self-styled investigator who is good at finding things. The report also cites unnamed sources that say the role will be “motion-capture in nature.”
Pikachu is most likely to be a CGI creation in this film. We’d love to see the role as played by Reynolds while wearing a ridiculous Pikachu costume…some time before Halloween when he would intentionally do that for fun.
Variety previously revealed that Justice Smith (The Get Down) will star as the lead actor in the film, and The Hollywood Reporter revealed that the film’s story begins when “Smith’s character’s father is kidnapped, forcing the teen to team up with Pikachu in order to find him.”
The Hollywood Repoter previously revealed that Kathryn Newton (Big Little Lies) will play the “sassy journalist” Lucy in the film.
Rob Letterman (Shark Tale, Monsters vs. Aliens, Goosebumps) is directing the film, with scripts by Alex Hirsch (Gravity Falls) and Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy). The film is slated to start production in London in mid-January. TOHO will distribute the film in Japan, while Universal Pictures will distribute the film outside of Japan.
Legendary Entertainment acquired the live-action film rights for the Pokémon franchise in July 2016. The Hollywood Reporter reported in April 2016 that Legendary Entertainment, Warner Bros., and Sony were engaged in an auction for the rights.
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