Remember last year how it was announced that Legendary will be producing a live-action Pokemon movie? We don’t either, but The Hollywood Reporter has announced that Deadpool’s alter ego , Ryan Reynolds, will be voicing the character of Pikachu in the upcoming live-action film. As strange as it sounds, Reynolds will be giving life to Pikachu who will be “motion-capture in nature”
The movie is slated to start filming early next year January in London, England and will also star Justice Smith from “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” and Kathryn Newton who stars in “Big Little Lies. The show will be directed by Rob Letterman who is known for his work on “Goosebumps” and “Monsters vs Aliens” and is scripted by Nicole Perlman and Alex Hirsch.
The story will follow the kidnapping of Smith’s character’s father and Smith’s character teaming up with Detective Pikachu to find him. Newton will portray a journalist who shows up to help the duo solve the mystery.
Unsure why this is happening? Us too, but at least we won’t have to see Reynolds don a life-sized CGI Pikachu costume because that would be ridiculous. What we do get instead is the iconic Pokemon wearing a Sherlock Holmes hat, as this movie will reportedly follow the story of the video game Detective Pikachu.
“Great Detective Pikachu” was developed by Creatures Inc and was distributed by Nintendo for the 3DS in Japan on February 2016. The plot follows the adventures of a talking Pikachu teaming up with a boy named Tim Goodman as they go around the city solving various mysteries.
Reynolds recently starred as the foul-mouthed anti-hero mercenary last year which grossed over $360 million domestically since release. Due to its overwhelming popularity, a sequel was announced and will star Josh Brolin as Cable. It is expected to hit theatres in May of 2018.
Here’s the original trailer for the game.