It can be argued that Ryan Reynolds can do just about anything — but this is asking a lot. The actor who is best known for his snark, who can pull off action (Deadpool), drama (Life), romance (The Proposal) and comedy (Van Wilder, his Twitter feed) has been tapped to play Pikachu in the live-action Pokémon adaptation and, frankly, there are no words. (We totally understand if you’ve left this story to check your calendars but let us reassure you, it’s not April Fools Day.)
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Reynolds will star alongside Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom actor Justice Smith and Big Little Lies‘ Kathryn Newton. Reynolds will play the title role in the film, Detective Pikachu, which tells the tale of a teen (Smith) whose father is kidnapped, leading him to partner up with Pikachu to find his father and uncover the mystery behind his disappearance. They’re soon joined by a journalist (Newton) who helps them on their mission.
Alex Hirsch (Gravity Falls) and Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy) wrote the latest draft of the script, while Rob Letterman (Goosebumps) is directing the project, due to start shooting mid-January in London.
THR adds that Reynolds’ role will be “motion capture in nature,” so that’s a tad reassuring. And while it might sound like the weirdest project ever, fans are both excited and perplexed.
“Ryan Reynolds to Star in Pokemon Movie ‘Detective Pikachu'” pic.twitter.com/FgTZPufMYo
— Britton Peele (@BrittonPeele) December 7, 2017
The Deadpool Movie Trilogy:
— 八ばん [Erick] (@MarionakaArena) December 7, 2017
Pokémon: *Has rich history of folklore, storylines, and almost 600 different creatures that’s been created*
Also Pokémon: “in our first live action movie Ryan Reynolds And Pikachu gonna solve murders. Pikachu wears a detective hat”
— norville rogers (@jeauxsmeaux) December 7, 2017
When you hear Ryan Reynolds is voicing Pikachu in the Detective Pikachu movie… pic.twitter.com/PDXLYY8LaA
— Austin (@AustinCTweets) December 7, 2017
ok here’s how Detective Pikachu should end: it turns out Mewtwo mind-swapped a random Pikachu and human Ryan Reynolds
cut to reveal of live-action RR rolling around on the floor screaming PIKACHU
— Thom Coldman (@ColdmanHot) December 7, 2017
— Jack Hind (@JackHind) December 6, 2017
Somewhere Blake Lively is laughing her ass off. Or, at the very least, her and Ryan’s daughters are celebrating because maybe he’s doing this for them. But, come on, he’s already got The Croods and Turbo for his kid cred. Isn’t that enough? Knowing Ryan, though, this’ll be a box office hit.