Having finally achieved his dream of a successful and true to the comics Deadpool film, with an anticipated sequel on the way, Ryan Reynolds is ready to be another type of hero: a Pokémon.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Reynolds has officially signed onto Legendary Pictures live-action Detective Pikachu film in order to provide the motion capture and the voice of the title character Detective Pikachu. The film is an adaptation of the Nintendo 3DS game Great Detective Pikachu, an offshoot of the successful Pokémon game series, that teams a player up with a talking investigator Pikachu.
Much of the film has been kept quiet since it was first announced, but reportedly the story centers around a young man played by Justice Smith (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) whose father is kidnapped leading him to team-up with Reynolds Detective Pikachu, who is an investigator said to be good at finding things, and a journalist played by Kathryn Newton (Big Little Lies) who helps them along the way.
Alex Hirsch and Nicole Perlman wrote the latest draft of the film’s script which will be directed by Goosebump‘s Rob Letterman.
There is no reported premiere date but the film is said to begin filming in London sometime in January.