The live-action Pokemon movie Detective Pikachu has cast Ryan Reynolds in the role of the titular character. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Reynolds will bring Detective Pikachu to life through motion capture effects.
Reynolds will join previously announced cast members Kathryn Newton (Big Little Lies) and Justice Smith (Get Down), who is also in the upcoming Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. As for Reynolds, he will next reprise his role as the Merc with a Mouth in Deadpool 2, which is due out June 1.
According to the report, Detective Pikachu begins "when Smith's character's father is kidnapped, forcing the teen to team up with Pikachu in order to find him. Newton is a sassy journalist who helps them on their quest."
Pokemon became a phenomenon when Pokemon Red and Blue made their way to the United States back in 1998, after originally being introduced in Japan two years prior. The series has spawned countless video games, a television series and an animated movie, as well as the incredibly popular app Pokemon Go!
Detective Pikachu does not currently have a release date. Rob Letterman (Goosebumps) is set to direct the film based on a screenplay by Alex Hirsch (Gravity Falls) and Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy). Universal Pictures is set to handle the distribution for Detective Pikachu outside of Japan, while The Pokémon Company’s long time movie collaborator Toho will take on the distribution of the film franchise in Japan.