The Deadpool actor Ryan Reynolds is set to star in the first ever live-action Pokémon movie, Detective Pikachu. The actor will be seen alongside Justice Smith from Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Big Little Lie actress Kathryn Newton. The film was announced last year amidst the rising popularity of the game "Pokémon GO" that made players chase down the virtual pocket monsters in real life using GPS. Ryan will voice the monster detective, reported Variety.
The story revolves around Smith's character and the disappearance of the father forcing Smith to team up with Pikachu in order to find his father. Newton will be playing a journalist in the film, who helps Smith on their quest. While the character, Detective Pikachu is an unusual sort from the Pikachu series, a self-proclaimed investigator who is good at finding things. Reynolds will portray that nominal detective.
The film will be directed by Rob Letterman of Goosebumps fame and the script will be penned by Nicole Perlman and Alex Hirsch. Universal Pictures is on board to distribute the film outside Japan, which is where the legendary video-game was developed. Toho, which has been The Pokémon Company's trusted collaborator, will handle the film's distribution in Japan.
Pokémon as an idea had transformed the gaming world since 1995. An idea of the video game, whose success led to a trading card game, TV series, comic books, and live GPS tracking games has seen players acting as trainers who collect cute but powerful monsters called Pokémon and battle with the other, in order to win the tournament.
The movie is said to be a motion capture in nature. Shooting will start in mid-January in London.