Ryan Reynolds to Star in Live-Action Detective Pikachu Movie

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Remember that live-action Detective Pikachu movie that’s actually happening? The production behind the flick has landed its star, and it’s probably the last person you’d expect – Ryan Reynolds.

The actor is joining Justice Smith, who is appearing in the upcoming Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, alongside Kathryn Newton from Big Little Lies.

The Hollywood Reporter is saying the Deadpool star will be the main event in the upcoming movie that stars Pikachu. Rob Letterman (Goosebumps) is directing, and shooting is set to begin in the middle of January 2018 in London.

Here’s the kicker – Reynolds is starring as Pikachu in the movie. The story follows Justice Smith, whose father is kidnapped, forcing him to team up with Pikachu to find him. Newton is a “sassy” journalist that aids them on their quest.

Sources close to the project say the role of Pikachu is being done in motion capture.

Reynolds’ other upcoming movie, Deadpool 2, is set top premiere on June 1st of next year.

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  • ActivistZero

    Should have been Danny DeVito

  • Mr0303

    I was somewhat hoping that he’ll play Deadpool in the movie.

  • Anon_Amous

    Better luck next time Danny.

  • Captain Vidya

    That’s not Danny DeVito.

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    Danny Devito memers on suicide watch; do your country a favor and hand them guns and rope. I wonder if it’s all the Deadpool Pikachu statues that memed this into existence.

  • ProfessorFluffy

    After the movie comes out I can imagine someone will start a Kickstarter to hire Danny DeVito to redub Pikachu for an underground version of the film.

  • Travis Touchdown

    Deadpool sucks.

  • Jettythesunfish

    So…Deadpool is Pikachu?

  • SuuLoliBoob

    How much money did nintendo/the pokemon company throw at these people?

  • Dr. Roswell. W

    >The story follows Justice Smith, whose father is kidnapped, forcing him
    to team up with Pikachu to find him. Newton is a “sassy” journalist that
    aids them on their quest.
    This sounds fucking horrible. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c014a68036908a58a339740fe9def6e49c1de100df54f28cfb9f8e23bfdfcbbe.png

  • A Loli que não jantou

    “Justice Smith” sounds like a Phoenix Wright Character.

  • A Loli que não jantou

    heck, it already started when the original game was announced.

  • A Loli que não jantou

    No Danny DeVito.


  • Madbrainbox

    And decapitate Pikachu.

  • sanic

    No devito no buy

  • Lea Pastillaroja

    had i read this kind of headline 5 years ago
    i would have thought it was just trolling

  • Freeman

    Why the hell not?

  • Boo I want Danny Devito! This guy ruined Deadpool!

  • Envy-Noson

    I didn’t know Danny Devious changed his name and lost weight.

  • SLoWMoTIoN

    I don’t like the dude but I’m also never watching this.

  • JohnnyCageFan2

    “Should have never been made” is probably what people will be saying after release.

  • Uncle Ocelot

    This film is going to be something special…

  • Miguel Angel Opazo Arancibia

    We are saying that already.

  • goodbyejojo
  • ProxyDoug


  • ProxyDoug

    Executive 1: People ask for movies but they hate them.
    Executive 2: Let’s try one more time!
    *Makes horrible film that appeals to no one*
    Executive 1: See? I don’t know why they ask for movies!

  • JohnnyCageFan2

    Fine. Then… Danny DeVito should have been in here, he can play a sassy journalist like a motherfucker. Ryan Reynolds should make a proper Van Wilder sequel.

  • Γεώργιος Αρχαιοκαπηλίδης

    That sounds interesting but here is a thing that nobody asks: WHERE THE HECK IS THE GAME’S LOCALIZATION!

    It’s weird that they make a movie based on a Japan-only game.

  • Anon630

    I would have watched it if he were voiced by DeVito, but as cute as that image is, I can’t help but feel so much potential just dropped into a bottomless toilet.

  • goodbyejojo

    correct me if im wrong, but didn’t Devito pretty much turned down the role?

  • Snorlaxation

    his response was basically ‘what’s pokemon’ and he showed little interest beyond that

  • Snorlaxation

    I don’t think there’s any actor that’s a better fit, nevermind the fact that some of his biggest roles have been this same level of sass over the years

  • He is not a good actor. That movie did a terrible representation of deadpool. He also ruined green lantern.

  • Snorlaxation

    I personally really enjoyed his representation, but you also have to remember it’s about more than just the actor, it’s also the dialogue, the plot/script, and the character interactions that affect a character’s representation.

    and, hold on. HE ruined green lanter?? Um, no. There goes your credibility right there.
    That movie sucked in so many ways and he was very LOW on the totem pole of reasons why.
    He’s not a bad actor, he just has very limited range, and it just so happens that that range fits in well with deadpool.

  • His voice won’t even fit pikachu. Danny would have been perfect for the role.

  • Snorlaxation

    Honestly, I don’t know how well his voice would fit or not. I can only hope.
    But yes, of course Devito would’ve been a perfect fit. Unfortunately he wasn’t interested.