Ryan Reynolds catches title role in Detective Pikachu

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Reynolds is used to being a hero.

Considering how Pokémon has sold hundreds of millions of games and billions of trading cards, fans are simultaneously delighted and blown away by the casting choice.

Now, The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Ryan Reynolds has been cast as Detective Pikachu himself. You read right: the Deadpool star will play Pikachu with a motion-capture performance.

Rob Letterman, of Shark Tale fame, will be reportedly directing the project, which is due to start filming in London early next year.

In 2017, Donald Trump is President, Mister Sulu is a possible sex pest, OJ Simpson is walking around as a free man, and Ryan Reynolds will be playing a sentient yellow blob who solves crimes and speaks with a amusing voice.

Funnily enough, there's still no word on whether or not the original Detective Pikachu game will ever be released outside of Japan, or whether he'll have another outing.

Legendary's live-action Pokémon movie, Detective Pikachu, has been charging full-steam ahead in the past month. Newton's character fills out the heroic trio as a "sassy journalist" - so basically, just imagine me. Legendary intends for the feature to be the first in a new series of films that explores the Pokemon franchise from a fresh perspective. Universal Pictures will handle distribution in the USA and in foreign territories outside Japan.

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