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Ryan Reynolds is Detective Pikachu in the live-action Pokémon movie

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Legendary Entertainment and The Pokémon Company are bringing us the first-ever Pokémon live-action film franchise based on DETECTIVE PIKACHU, a new character and story in the Pokémon universe. The world first met Detective Pikachu through a video game in Japan.

Ryan Reynolds has been cast as the titular character in what is thought to be a motion capture performance. He joins Justice Smith (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) and Kathryn Newton (Big Little Lies).

The story begins when Smith’s character’s father is kidnapped, forcing the teen to team up with Pikachu in order to find him. Newton will play a journalist who helps them in their quest.

Rob Letterman (Goosebumps) is directing the film, which is due to start shooting mid-January in London.

First introduced in Japan in 1996, Pokémon has delighted fans of all ages around the world for two decades. With more than 279 million video games sold worldwide, 21.5 billion TCG cards shipped to 74 countries, and an animated series spanning 19 seasons, Pokémon is one of the most successful entertainment brands in the world.

Universal Pictures will handle distribution of the live-action film outside Japan as it has done with Legendary’s other films for years. The Pokémon Company’s long time movie collaborator, Toho, will handle distribution of the film franchise in Japan, as it had similarly done in its partnership with Legendary on the iconic monster reboot for Godzilla.

Source: THR

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