Actor Ryan Reynolds, star of the gory, fourth-wall-breaking Deadpool, is reportedly stepping into a more family-friendly role as Pikachu in Legendary Pictures’ upcoming live-action movie, Detective Pikachu.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Reynolds has been cast as the titular role of the off-the-wall film based on the Pokémon series. Previously, rumors of who would voice the CGI electric mouse have included Hugh Jackman, The Rock, and, in a petition from fans, Danny DeVito. Reynolds’ name, however, has been continually in the mix. While the actor won’t be present onscreen, THR reported the role will be “motion-capture in nature,” likely similar to Andy Serkis’ role as Gollum in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
As Legendary Pictures is known to keep the casting for its films under wraps, only two other stars are known: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom‘s Justice Smith and Big Little Lies‘ Katheryn Newton. Smith will play a young teen whose father is kidnapped, causing him to team up with the sleuthing Pikachu. Newton will also come along for the mystery as a “sassy journalist.”
Apart from the brief synopsis we know and being based on the Pokémon spin-off game Great Detective Pikachu: Birth of a Duo, not much else known about the plot. There’s a great deal of talent behind the production, though, as Gravity Falls creator Alex Hirsch and Guardians of the Galaxy co-writer Nicole Perlman will pen the script, with Goosebumps‘ Rob Letterman directing.
Reynolds and crew will begin shooting the film in London in June 2018. Around then, the actor’s comic book sequel will hit theaters, as Deadpool 2 is slated to open on June 1st, 2018.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter