I never thought I'd write the following. But what do Detective Pikachu and Deadpool have in common? That's right: actor Ryan Reynolds, apparently.
In an exclusive report from The Hollywood Reporter, Ryan Reynolds just nabbed a pivotal role in the upcoming live action-CG hybrid Detective Pikachu movie. He'll be voicing the yellow-electric-mouse Pokemon, fashioning a Sherlock Holmes-y sensibility to go along with the Detective Pikachu title. This isn't the Pikachu that sacrificed himself for Ash, okay. This is a sorta-adaptation of the video game Great Detective Pikachu, which was only released in Japan in 2016. This is Deadpool-voiced Pikachu.
The upcoming Detective Pikachu movie will also star actors Justice Smith, recently seen in the Netflix series The Get Down, and Kathryn Newton from the HBO miniseries Big Little Lies. Shooting for the project is geared to start around mid-January, with Rob Letterman of Goosebumps fame directing and Alex Hirsch (Gravity Falls) and Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy) penning the script.
Before Reynolds was on an alleged shortlist for the role, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Mark Wahlberg, and Hugh Jackman were also considered for the titular Pikachu. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm secretly dreaming of a Pikachu voiced by The Rock.