Ryan Reynolds to star in live-action Pokémon movie as 'Detective Pikachu'

Darryl Esguerra
PUBLISHED December 7, 2017 03:50 pm

(Inside Manila) From Deadpool to Pikachu real quick.



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Ryan Reynolds has reportedly signed to provide the voice of “Detective Pikachu” in the first-ever live-action Pokémon movie from Legendary Pictures.


The Hollywood Reporter broke the story, and explained that Detective Pikachu is no ordinary Pikachu. He is described as “a self-styled investigator who is good at finding things,” and he will soon find himself on the biggest case of his career.


The movie also features Justice Smith and Kathryn Newton.  



Credit: nerdist.com


Detective Pikachu will be called upon to search for the missing father of Smith’s character, while Newton will portray a journalist who gives them a much needed assist.


First introduced in Japan in 1996, Pokemon has seen nearly 300 million video games sold worldwide, 23 billion cards shipped to 74 countries, and an animated series spanning 20 seasons. Universal Pictures will handle distribution of the film outside Japan while Pokémon Company’s long time movie collaborator, Toho, will handle distribution of the film franchise inside the country.


Reynolds starred as the droll superhero in Fox’s “Deadpool” last year. The movie grossed nearly $800 million worldwide, spawning a sequel, “Deadpool 2,” which hits theaters June 1, 2018.

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