Deadpool Star Ryan Reynolds To Star In Detective Pikachu Movie

07 December, 2017, 07:24 | Author: Benny Bass
  • Ryan Reynolds to Star in Pokemon Movie 'Detective Pikachu' (Exclusive)

The cast has grown in the last few weeks with The Get Down's Justice Smith having been cast in the lead role and shortly after that, Kathryn Newton of Big Little Lies and Supernatural landing the role opposite Smith.

Rob Letterman (Goosebumps) is directing Detective Pikachu, which is due to start filming mid-January in London, with the release date to-be-announced. Newton will reportedly play a journalist while Reynolds' Pikachu will offer his help along the way. Folks who are used to Pikachu's cute anime voice might be at a disadvantage, but it's wise to note that Detective Pikachu is a variant of the original character. Players usually act as trainers, who must collect the Pokemon creatures and use them to do battle.

Before Reynolds was on an alleged shortlist for the role, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Mark Wahlberg, and Hugh Jackman were also considered for the titular Pikachu.

Remember how weird it seemed a year ago that a live-action Hollywood movie based on Detective Pikachu was getting made?

The company has high hopes for the feature project, as the Pokemon franchise has sold 300 million video games worldwide, shipped 23.6 billion TCG cards to 74 countries, and has produced an animated series spanning 20 seasons.

Gravity Falls creator Alex Hirsch and Guardians of the Galaxy co-screenwriter Nicole Perlman wrote the current script for Detective Pikachu. Universal Pictures will be distributing the film in regions outside of Japan, where long-time Pokemon film collaborator Toho will handle distribution duties.

Reynolds' Deadpool sequel is set to open June 1.

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