Ryan Reynolds is set to star in the upcoming Pokemon film Detective Pikachu
Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool,Â Green Lantern) has been cast in the upcoming Pokemon movieÂ Detective Pikachu, according toÂ THR. He’ll join a cast that includes Justice Smith (The Get Down,Â Paper Towns) andÂ Kathryn Newton (Big Little Lies,Â Supernatural). TheÂ Legendary EntertainmentÂ andÂ The PokÃ©mon CompanyÂ film is, of course, based on the Pokemon gaming franchise. Fans familiar with the franchise, those who have kids or those who obsessively played the recent hit mobile gaming app Pokemon Go know that Pikachu is a type of Pokemon. Detective Pikachu is, “a peculiar sort from the Pikachu set, a self-styled investigator who is good at finding things.” Reynolds will play the titular Detective Pikachu. Rob Letterman is set to directÂ Detective PikachuÂ from a script by Nicole Perlman and Alex Hirsch.
First introduced in Japan in 1996,Â PokÃ©monÂ has delighted fans of all ages around the world for two decades. With more than 279 million video games sold worldwide, 21.5 billion TCG cards shipped to 74 countries, and an animated series spanning 19 seasons,Â PokÃ©monÂ is one of the most successful entertainment brands in the world.
Universal Pictures will handle distribution of the live-action film outside Japan as it has done with Legendaryâs other films for years. The PokÃ©mon Companyâs long-time movie collaborator, Toho, will handle distribution of the film franchise in Japan, as it had similarly done in its partnership with Legendary on the iconic monster reboot forÂ Godzilla.
The story ofÂ Detective Pikachu centers around Smith’s character’s father getting kidnapped. He teams up with Pikachu to help find him. Newton is a “sassy journalist who helps them on their quest.”Â The role is reportedly motion capture in nature.
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