Ever since the Detective Pikachu live-action film was announced a little over a year ago, many wondered who would play the popular Pokémon. While names like Danny DeVito and Dwayne Johnson have been floating around for a while now, nothing ever seemed to come out of them, with the former actively declining the role. Well today, everything has changed, as Ryan Reynolds has been cast as the yellow pocket monster.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Deadpool star is said to be involved in motion-capture in some way for the role. He’ll be joined by both Justice Smith and Katheryn Newton, who will be playing both the main male and female roles of the movie respectively. Filming is set to start sometime in January 2018.
While the plot of the film may seem a bit odd at first, the decision to move forward with the film should come as a surprise to no one. Pokémon is one of the most popular franchises of all time, and last month it was revealed that the series had sold 300 million units across all of its titles.
A release date, or even window, for the film hasn’t yet been revealed. Toho is set to distribute the film in Japan, while Universal Pictures will do the same in every other country.