The Canadian actor will play Pikachu and the role will be “motion-capture in nature,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Pikachu is a species of Pokémon, while Detective Pikachu the character is part of the Pikachu family.
Reynolds joins The Get Down actor Justice Smith and Big Little Lies actress Kathryn Newton in director Rob Letterman’s (Goosebumps) live-action film, which was announced last summer during the Pokémon Go craze.
The story involves the father of Smith’s teenage character being kidnapped, forcing him to team up with Pikachu in order to find his father. Newton will play a sassy journalist who helps them on their quest.
Reactions to the Pokémon movie have been mixed on social media.
Ryan Reynolds is gonna be in the live-action Pokémon movie???
— Ryan D Huelsman (@RyanDHuels) December 7, 2017
— Paulina Gallo (@paulpaultweets) December 7, 2017
live action pikachu movie?? i’ll only watch it for ryan reynolds
— amanda ⚡️ (@amandabadal) December 7, 2017
The words “live-action Pokémon movie” should send a chill down your spine
— Jacob Petterson (@jacobjustjoking) December 7, 2017
Ryan Reynolds should star in Detective Pikachu as Deadpool. Think about it.
— Daniel Van Boom (@dvanboom) December 7, 2017
Ryan Reynolds is .. Detective. . . Pikachu . . . ? pic.twitter.com/beAHj47O9u
— #SaveTPS 🇸🇻 💙🎶💅🏼 (@TwitNumeroUno) December 7, 2017
Ryan Reynolds as… Detective Pikachu? What dimension am I in again?
— Radiant Sol (@Epifante) December 7, 2017
Ryan Reynolds is playing Pikachu in a live-action Pokemon movie and I can't stop laughing https://t.co/C95Qyrs12t
— Trey R. Norwood (@thewoodsofnor) December 7, 2017
Ryan Reynolds, the guy who plays Deadpool, is going to play Pikachu.
Wake me up when you decide to can this movie all together. pic.twitter.com/Pn0Gqq1lXC
— AutisticPhantomOtaku (@toonman711) December 7, 2017
Hello. I like the idea of Ryan Reynolds as Pikachu.
— Jared Petty (@pettycommajared) December 7, 2017
Detective Pikachu will begin shooting mid-January in London, U.K. next year.