Ryan Reynolds has signed on to star as Detective Pikachu in a new live-action Pokemon film, according to Variety. Reynolds is playing Detective Pikachu, who wears a little Sherlock Holmes hat and speaks fluent English.
As the title suggests, Detective Pikachu isn't just pulling any ol' Pokemon property, which have traditionally focused on trainers who collect the cuddly, but powerful creatures called Pokemon to compete in battle tournaments. He isn't almost as powerful as other Pikachu or Pokémon, but he makes up for that with his brilliance. A Detective Pikachu game was released in Japan this past February.
The plot is said to follow Detective Pikachu's quest to find the father of Justice Smith's character after he is kidnapped. The team is later joined by a spunky journalist (Newton) who helps them on their mission.
Few details about the project have been released. It seems like a waste of time to hire such a big-name Hollywood actor just for motion capture. The animated "Pokémon The Movie: I Choose You!" has grossed $2.4 million domestically since its release in early November. 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).
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