First Live-Action Pokémon Movie Has Its Lead Actor

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The lead actor has been chosen for the upcoming live-action Pokémon movie.

Justice Smith, who is perhaps best known for his roles in Paper Towns and Netflix series The Get-Down, has been chosen to star in Detective Pikachu, the first live-action adaptation of the Japanese media phenomenon that is Pokémon.

Variety broke the news of Smith’s casting, reporting that the actor’s performance in The Get-Down, which he was handpicked for by director Baz Luhrmann, also earned him one of the lead roles in Universal’s upcoming Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. The 22-year-old’s about to hit the spotlight.

Detective Pikachu is to be directed by Rob Letterman (Shark Tale, Monster vs. Aliens, Goosebumps) and written by Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Alex Hirsh (Gravity Falls).

The character of Detective Pikachu was introduced in a Japanese Nintendo 3DS video game released in 2016. The game follows a talking Sherlock Holmes-esque Pikachu that teams up with a boy to solve mysteries revolving around Pokemon.

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