The most bizarre news of the day comes in the form of Ryan Reynolds signing up to star in the forthcoming Pokemon inspired production, Detective Pikachu.

Reynolds will be joining Big Little Lies actress Kathryn Newton and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’s Justice Smith, in an undisclosed role which is said to be motion capture in nature. Detective Pikachu, which is based on the titular character, will be directed by Rob Letterman. Nicole Perlman and Alex Hirsch have penned the script.

Detective Pikachu is a relatively new character who has so far only starred in a Japanese video game which is a spin-off of the Pokémon franchise. The game follows a peculiar talking Pikachu who, despite not being as powerful and nimble as other Pikachu of his kind, is rather intelligent and claims to be a great detective. One day, Pikachu encounters a boy named Tim Goodman, who is able to understand what he is saying. Thus, the two begin working together to solve various mysteries revolving around Pokémon in the city.

First introduced in Japan in 1996, Pokémon has delighted fans of all ages around the world for two decades. With more than 279 million video games sold worldwide, 21.5 billion TCG cards shipped to 74 countries, and an animated series spanning 19 seasons, Pokémon is one of the most successful entertainment brands in the world, and this movie has potential.

Reynolds was last seen in The Hitman’s Bodyguard opposite Samuel L. Jackson and will be seen again in June 2018 as Wade Wilson/Deadpool in the highly anticipated sequel.

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