Ryan Reynolds to voice Pikachu in live-action Detective Pikachu movie

The first live-action Pokemon movie is starting to get some traction and with it comes the first casting announcements for the film. The film itself will be loosely on a Pokemon spin-off title called Great Detective Pikachu, which stars a talking Pikachu who solves crimes.

The film is being written by Gravity Falls creator Alex Hirsch with Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain Marvel writer Nicole Perlman, with Rob Letterman who directed the better than it should have been Goosebumps film.

As for the first announcement of the cast members, we have up and comer Justice Smith (The Get Down, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) who plays the son of a man who is kidnapped, and Kathryn Newton (Halt and Catch Fire, Paranormal Activity 4) as a sassy journalists who will help Detective Pikachu, voiced by Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds, rescue Smith’s father.

The need for a sarcastic asshole Pikachu has never been so high right now. According to The Hollywood Reporter which broke the news of Reynolds involvement in the film, mentions that Reynolds will also be doing motion capture duty for the character as well.

Being Nintendo’s second attempt at a Hollywood film since The Mario Bros. Movie in 1993 which was a critical flop, it’ll be interesting to see how Detective Pikachu works out for the studio. Filming is expected to start in Mid-January, so we’re not expecting to hear too much more about the project for some time at least.