Ryan Reynolds to Voice Poké-Sleuth in ‘Detective Pikachu’

The upcoming live-action/CG take on Pokémon game Detective Pikachu piqued everyone’s curiosity when it came to light last year, and now even more intriguing info has surfaced.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds has signed on to voice the little yellow Sherlock Holmes. He joins Justice Smith (The Get Down, upcoming Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) as Detective Pikachu’s in-game human partner Tim Goodman, and Kathryn Newton (Big Little Lies, Supernatural) as a sassy journalist named Lucy.

The Legendary Pictures flick is based on Nintendo 3DS title Great Detective Pikachu, which follows the sleuthing adventures of a deerstalker-wearing Pikachu type Pokémon and a human boy named Tim who can actually understand his speech. The movie’s story will kick off when Tim’s father is kidnapped, leading him to team up with Pikachu to find him.

Rob Letterman (Goosebumps) is directing from a script by Alex Hirsch (creator of Gravity Falls) and Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy). Detective Pikachu will be distributed internationally by Universal Pictures excluding Japan, where it will release through Toho.

Detective Pikachu and Ryan Reynolds
Detective Pikachu and Ryan Reynolds
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