The speculation of who will play Detective Pikachu (in the upcoming movie based on it’s 3DS counterpart of the same name) is finally over. Ryan Reynolds has been cast to play the titular hero.
First revealed by The Hollywood Reporter, Ryan Reynolds has signed on to star in Legendary’s live action Pokémon movie. Ryan Reynolds is most recently known for his portrayal of playing the merc-with-the-mouth in the Deadpool film series. He will be joining Justice Smith (The Get Down) and Kathryn Newton (Big Little Lies) who are the two live-action leads. The film is being directed by Goosebumps director Rob Letterman. The film is being written by Guardian of the Galaxy’s Natalie Perlman and Alex Hirsch who is the creator of Gravity Falls. While there is no release date yet, Detective Pikachu is set to begin filming in London in January.
Ryan Reynolds wasn’t the only big name up for the role as Detective Pikachu. Some of the other names up for the role include Hugh Jackman, Mark Wahlberg, and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. There are also new detail about the movie’s plot. The story begins when Justice Smith’s character works with Detective Pikachu to find his kidnapped father. Kathryn Newton’s character will be playing a sassy reporter who helps the characters on their quest. Sources to The Hollywood Reporter mention that the role of Detective Pikachu will be motion-capture in nature.
This is Ryan Reynolds’s first appearance in a movie based on a video game. What are Mr. Reynolds’s thoughts on video games? Well, let’s just say he isn’t the biggest fan based on the 2009 interview he had with Entertainment Weekly. In the interview he says, “I don’t really play video games. Is there a way to waste more f***ing time? The Internet’s enough. The last videogame I played was Ms. Pacman.”
With all of that said, are you excited for a detective Pokémon? Will the movie be a huge success or a gigantic flop? Will we ever get a Detective Pikachu and Deadpool crossover? For anything Detective Pikachu and gaming related, stay tuned to us here at Gamer Professional.