Ryan Reynolds to catch 'em all as Detective Pikachu in live-action Pokemon film

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Dec 6, 2017, 7:50 PM EST

Ryan Reynolds has gotta catch 'em all -- all the criminals, that is. The actor has officially signed on to play Detective Pikachu in Legendary's new live action film based on the Pokemon franchise. 

As reported by the Hollywood Reporter, Reynolds will star in the film alongside Justice Smith (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) and Kathryn Newton (Big Little Lies). The film will be directed by Rob Letterman (Goosebumps) and will begin shooting in London this coming January. The current draft of the script is written by Alex Hirsch and Nicole Perlman. 

Little is known of what the film's story is at this point, but we do know that the father of Smith's character is kidnapped, which finds Son joining forces with Pikachu in order to locate Dad. Newton will play a "sassy journalist" who will aid them on the journey. Reynolds' performance will be done through motion capture, though the idea of him in a giant Pikachu costume is kind of growing on us. 

Though Pokemon began life as a card collecting game, it soon spread itself into multiple arenas, with a variety of anime shows and video games. Players usually act as trainers, who must collect the Pokemon creatures and use them to do battle. Pikachu is probably the most famous species of the fictional creatures, and Detective Pikachu is described as "...a peculiar sort from the Pikachu set, a self-styled investigator who is good at finding things." 


Legendary is betting big on the film, as the franchise has proven insanely lucrative over the years. It's sold 300 million video games (including Nintendo 3DS' Detective Pickachu, shown up top), had over 20 seasons of animated programming, and has even taken over the virtual reality world with mobile game Pokemon Go

Before Reynolds shows up in Detective Pikachu's fedora, he will first return in to cinemas in Deadpool 2, which opens June 1, 2018. 

Does this casting news excite you? Are you excited for Pokemon in live action? Is Reynolds the right choice? Let us know in the comments! 

(via The Hollywood Reporter)