Surprising! Ryan Reynolds to Star in “Detective Pikachu!”

Ryan Reynolds has been superheroes Deadpool and Green Lantern, and now it seems he is jumping into a film starring everyone’s favorite Pokemon in Detective Pikachu!

via The Hollywood Reporter

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Ryan Reynolds is going to catch ’em all.

The Deadpool star has signed on to star in Legendary’s live-action Pokemon movie, THR has learned. 

Reynolds joins Justice Smith, who will be seen in the upcoming Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, and Big Little Lies actress Kathryn Newton in the movie, titled Detective Pikachu, based on the gaming franchise.

Rob Letterman (Goosebumps) is directing the project, which is due to start shooting mid-January in London.

The concept of Pokemon, which launched with a video game that transformed into a card-collecting, TV and movie franchise phenomenon, sees players acting as trainers who collect cute but powerful monsters called Pokemon in order to compete in battle tournaments.

Pikachu is a species of Pokemon, while Detective Pikachu the character 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.

We have been Pokemon fans since 1997 and are really looking forward to this live-action adaptation of the Pokemon franchise! Pikachu has been our favorite Pokemon since we saw him take a flock of Spearows in that first episode of the series. Honestly, Detective Pikachu has us so nostalgic we are thinking of dusting off our original Game Boy and cranking out Pokemon Yellow–you know the Pikachu edition where he follows you around–we digress! Look for Detective Pikachu debut sometime next year! In the meantime check out the very first episode of Pokemon below. Pikachu we will ALWAYS choose you!

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