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Ryan Reynolds will play Pikachu in a live-action Pokemon film

Ryan Reynolds will play Pikachu in a live-action Pokemon film

Joining Reynolds in the movie are Justice Smith (the upcoming Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) and Kathryn Newton (Big Little Lies).

Detective Pikachu is being helmed by Rob Letterman, who is best known for adapting R.L. Stine's '90s kid nostalgia pic, Goosebumps, for Sony.

Filming on the project is expected to start soon.

Ryan Reynolds will play the titular character, Detective Pikachu, who is a pokemon Pikachu that claims to be a great detective. Newton's character fills out the heroic trio as a "sassy journalist" - so basically, just imagine me.

Now, The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Ryan Reynolds has been cast as Detective Pikachu himself.

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The report says that the role "is said to be motion capture in nature", since it's a live-action role where Pikachu is digitally inserted.

The new film will be based on the already-successful franchise, introduced with video games in Japan in 1996. The script comes from Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Alex Hirsch (Gravity Falls). 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.

Readers of Shacknews may have noticed that our staff has an affinity for the idea of an English-speaking Pikachu in a detective's hat who solves mysteries.

Reynolds' Deadpool sequel is set to open June 1. Let us know in the comment section below!

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