Ryan Reynolds to Play Detective Pikachu in the Live-Action Pokémon MOvie

Ryan Reynolds

BERLIN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 09, 2015: Ryan Reynolds attends the 'Woman in Gold' premiere during the 65th Berlinale International Film Festival

Actor Ryan Reynolds will star in the first live-action Pokémon movie.

The Deadpool star is set to play Detective Pikachu in a film by the same name, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “Detective Pikachu” is scheduled to begin shooting in London in January.

The news outlet reports, citing unnamed sources, said the role is “motion-capture in nature.”

The movie also stars Justice Smith (“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”) and Kathryn Newton (HBO’s “Big Little Lies”).

According to Variety, the movie centers around the abduction of the father of Smith’s teenage character. He teams up with Detective Pikachu to rescue him. Reynolds’ talking Pikachu will wear a Sherlock Holmes-like hat.

The Pokémon universe began with a video game and has morphed into a multimedia franchise.

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