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The live-action movie is inspired by the Pokémon game Great Detective Pikachu, a mystery adventure about a boy and a crime-solving Pikachu in the big city. The key difference between this Pikachu and the normal version is that unlike most pokémon, he doesn’t just repeat his own name in a cute anime voice. He talks like a regular adult man, as seen in this Sherlock-esque teaser for the game:
The film will also star Justice Smith (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) and Kathryn Newton (Big Little Lies), and will be directed by Rob Letterman (Goosebumps). The plot revolves around a search for Justice Smith’s missing dad, as the teen asks Detective Pikachu for help. Kathryn Newton will play what The Hollywood Reporter describes as a “sassy journalist,” which is code for female journalist.
Ryan Reynolds will film the role in motion capture, meaning he’s going to have to learn some Pikachu body-language.
Even with the main cast in place, it’s still hard to believe this film is actually happening. Following the massive success of Pokémon Go, it’s no surprise that Hollywood wants to capitalize on Pokémon’s popularity. But a crime drama starring Ryan Reynolds as Pikachu, rather than the fantasy adventures we saw in the games and animated series? Who decided this was the way to go?
H/T the Hollywood Reporter
Gavia Baker-Whitelaw is a staff writer at the Daily Dot, covering geek culture and fandom. Specializing in sci-fi movies and superheroes, she also appears as a film and TV critic on BBC radio. Elsewhere, she co-hosts the pop culture podcast Overinvested. Follow her on Twitter: @Hello_Tailor