Ryan Reynolds has signed on to star in Legendary’s live-action Pokemon movie, titled Detective Pikachu. The Deadpool star joins Justice Smith, who will be seen in the upcoming Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, and Big Little Lies actress Kathryn Newton. The upcoming film’s story is kicked into gear when Smith’s character’s father is kidnapped, forcing the teen to team up with Pikachu in order to find him. Newton is a sassy journalist named Lucy who helps them on their quest. The role Reynolds is said to be motion-capture in nature, according to sources.
Rob Letterman (Goosebumps) is directing the project, which is due to start shooting mid-January in London. Alex Hirsch and Nicole Perlman wrote the latest draft of the script. Universal Pictures is handling distribution of the live-action film outside Japan; Toho will handle distribution in Japan.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter