A new report claims the Detective Pikachu film is moving forward at Legendary Pictures, and the names being bandied about for the starring role are an incredible bunch.
The news comes courtesy of The Hashtag Show on YouTube, which claims that Goosebumps‘ Rob Letterman is still attached to helm the production. In addition, the report lists four action movie stars execs are eyeing as the possible voice of the titular Pokémon: Hugh Jackman, Ryan Reynolds, Mark Wahlberg, and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. It’s worth noting that none of the actors are confirmed to be in talks for the role yet. Instead, they reflect something of a wishlist the creative team is using to guide its vision early on.
While anyone on the list——would probably make for an amazing cinematic experience, come the heck on. This is The Rock’s job to lose. Why, you may ask? Well, Pikachu is apparently his daughter’s favorite character, as evidenced by this adorable Instagram post featuring Johnson dressed up in a suit. That is a man that loves his family, and I think it’s safe to say if there’s any real chance for him to canonically be the voice of Pikachu, there’s no scheduling conflict he won’t overcome and no studio executive he won’t kidnap to make it happen.
For those not in the know, the Detective Pikachu movie, announced last year, has its origins in a Japan-only 3DS game known in the West as Great Detective Pikachu. The game followed a young boy and a talking Pikachu, sporting some of that Sherlock Holmes deerstalker swag, as they attempted to solve mysteries.
Despite never launching stateside, the game garnered some attention for the notable fact that its Pikachu could speak a human language and did so with a deep, booming voice. In fact, some fans petitioned (without success) to get Danny DeVito to be the English voice. Needless to say, Mr. DeVito is not on that shortlist of hunky hearthrobs.
We last heard about the Detective Pikachu movie a little over a year ago, when Guardians of the Galaxy co-writer Nicole Perlman and Gravity Falls creator Alex Hirsch signed on to pen the script. No word on when the film will enter production, but it’s safe to say we’re still a ways off if casting is still up in the air.