The first live-action Pokemon movie is currently in development at Legendary, the studio behind the unfolding Godzilla/King Kong monster universe. The Get-Down actor Justice Smith was last month cast in a lead role, and Reynolds is now joining him as a Pokemon.
Reynolds will be playing the titular Pokemon in Detective Pikachu, which is to be directed by Rob Letterman (Goosebumps, Monsters vs. Aliens, Shark Tale).
The film’s plot, according to THR, the outlet that reported Reynolds’ casting…
… is kicked into gear when Smith’s character’s father is kidnapped, forcing the teen to team up with Pikachu in order to find him. [Kathryn] Newton [plays] a sassy journalist who helps them on their quest.
Reynolds’ role as Detective Pikachu will reportedly “be motion-capture in nature”. Whether that means the actor will be on set with a mo-cap suit or if someone else will do the physical performance and he’ll solely be voicing the character in studio is unknown.
Cameras on Detective Pikachu, which has its most recent draft written by Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Alex Hirsh (Gravity Falls), will start rolling in London in mid-January.
Reynolds’ Deadpool 2, by the way, will be opening in the US on June 1, 2018.