The Hollywood Reporter is exclusively reporting that Ryan Reynolds has been cast to voice the title character in Legendary’s live-action Pokemon film Detective Pikachu.
Based on the video game of the same name, the premise focuses on Pikachu, a self-styled investigator who is good at finding things. When Justice Smith’s character’s father is kidnapped, forcing the teen to team up with Pikachu in order to find him.
Ryan Reynolds (whose credits include Deadpool and The Hitman’s Bodyguard) will voice the title character, which is set to be motion-capture in nature, according to sources in the THR article.
Back in July of last year, it was reported that Legendary acquired the rights from The Pokémon Company to develop a live-action adaptation of the popular video game franchise. Since first being introduced to Japanese audiences in 1996, the franchise has sold 295m copies worldwide and has had an animated series spanning twenty seasons. Universal Pictures will handle distribution of the live-action film outside Japan, while Toho, The Pokémon Company’s longtime collaborator, will handle distribution in Japan. Rob Letterman is attached to direct the project, whilst the script was written by Nicole Perlman and Alex Hirsch.