I know 2017 has been weird, but finally something normal is happening. Ryan Reynolds, star of Deadpool and Two Guys, a Girl, and a Pizza Place, will play Detective Pikachu in a live-action Detective Pikachu film.
Details on the movie itself are scant. Reynolds will be working with actors Justice Smith and Kathryn Smith, with Rob Letterman producing. The movie starts shooting next month in London.
If you’re used to the regular ol’ vanilla Pikachu, you might be a little confused about why Reynolds is playing a shrill-voiced character who says three words. Unlike the standard-issue Pikachu, Detective Pikachu is a rough-voiced private eye. The story in the film has Justice Smith’s character’s father kidnapped. Smith teams up with the good detective and Newton, who plays a journalist that helps them.
For an idea of what the static-y yellow poof is like in detective mode, check out this Japanese-language trailer for the 3DS game of the same name:
The news comes from The Hollywood Reporter, which adds that the role appears to be mo-cap. While Reynolds has shown a love of dressing up as Deadpool, having said serveral times that he took one of his suits home, it sounds like he won’t be dressing in an inflatable Pikachu suit for the film.
Deadpool 2 is set to open on June 1, 2018. Detective Pikachu doesn’t have a release date yet, but you know we can’t wait.