Back in January 2016, Great Detective Pikachu was revealed in Japan – a Nintendo 3DS eShop title where, against convention, the franchise’s mascot not only spoke English, but did so in a gruff, masculine voice – a clear departure from Ikue Ōtani and Kate Bristol’s higher tones. The internet of course, loved this and started lobbying for Golden Globe winning actor Danny DeVito to play the part in an English localisation. With no news of an international release, things died down – until Legendary Pictures surprised the world with news of a live-action film adaptation! However, who’d have thought the voice of Pikachu could get even more unusual?
Many people may recognise Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds from the spandex sporting, potty-mouthed, ultra-violence loving anti-hero Deadpool, but now he’ll be trading in his red-and-black spandex for a bit of yellow – because we’ve finally found our Detective Pikachu, according to The Hollywood Reporter!
Ryan Reynolds will star in Detective Pikachu via motion capture, alongside Justice Smith (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) and Kathryn Newton (Big Little Lies). Details on the story are scarce, but The Hollywood Reporter writes that it will revolve around a search for Smith’s missing father, with Newton playing a “sassy journalist” who helps them on along the way.
Rob Letterman (Goosebumps) is directing, with a script by Alex Hirsch (Gravity Falls) and Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy). Production is scheduled to begin next month in London.
What do you think of this surprise casting?