Ryan Reynolds has spent the better part of a decade playing the funny, hunky, goofy, weirdo guy and somehow, someway his charm has not yet begun to wear off. He’s a maverick of Hollywood in that way, and even brief stumbles as a failed Green Lantern hasn’t stopped him from claiming his ultimate crowning role as Deadpool in last year’s massively successful eponymous hit. With renewed cred as a superhero actor, he could be content to simply coast off of that for the rest of his life. It would be easy to keep making Deadpool spinoffs, sequels and tie-ins until the end of time, but Ryan Reynolds has instead chosen to walk a different path, and challenge himself in ways nobody could have possibly predicted possible. Coming soon to a theater near you, Ryan Reynolds WILL BE… Detective Pikachu.
Reynolds has signed on to star in Legendary’s live-action Pokemon movie. Joining Justice Smith, who will be seen in the upcoming Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, and Kathryn Newton (from Big Little Lies) with Goosebumps director Rob Letterman in the director’s chair. Detective Pikachu, is based on the gaming franchise in which the titular character is a self-styled investigator who is good at finding things. The film is due to start shooting mid-January in London and Reynolds is said to portray the titular detective and that the role will be motion-capture in nature.
The Internet wasted no time in getting to work. Bosslogic posted a kicker of a fan-made poster for Detective Pikachu. Check that out below:
I have to be honest here.
When I first heard this news, I burst into laughter for a solid five minutes straight, and couldn’t believe it was real until multiple google checks and assurances from friends confirmed it so. After more googling, laughter and shaking away the icy grip of disbelief, it really did begin to sound like a fascinating film. Read that description up there, and really let it sink in. A live action Pokemon movie is enough on its own level, but the fact that it’s a version where Pikachu is a walking, talking, gruff detective?! Voiced by Ryan Reynolds? That’s weird enough, but isn’t that wording vague? What does motion capture mean again? Are we going to get a 1-1 style Reynolds/Pikachu capture performance like with Andy Serkis and Gollum? Or is it that thing where they glue little motion balls to his face? Does Detective Pikachu even have a Pikachu face? Are we going to get a live-action version of Detective Pikachu where it’s just Ryan Reynolds with yellow makeup, bright candy apple red cheeks, and solid black contact lenses? A 6′ 2″ electric rodent man with a tail? An adorable CGI beast with a Ryan Reynolds face a la The Angry Orange?
Every single permutation I imagine of this movie makes it sound like a delightfully entertaining experiment, no matter how mundane the choices are. The simple appeal of gritty, Detective Pikachu being played by Ryan Reynolds is enough for me. I’m willing to admit I’m biased in thinking that it couldn’t possibly have a better choice, and after I finished laughing about the mere concept of Detective Pikachu, I discovered that fans of the original game already had a widely held opinion on who should hold the role, and discovering it made me laugh for another solid five minutes as well.
According to Yahoo News, fans have made petitions to get Danny DeVito to voice/play the yellow, electric Pokemon detective. There’s actually so much of a demand that even now as I’m laughing there’s a minor internet backlash against the role being given to anyone other than DeVito. After watching examples of DeVito edited into gameplay footage as the voice of the character, I have to say, I understand the appeal immediately.
And with that, I’m at a loss for words. We’ll keep you updated when any of these questions are confirmed, but until then it’s safe to say Reynolds will end up playing some kind of CGI character. But I know I’m not the only one hoping for some kind of bizarre live-action Cat-In-The-Hat/Grinch-like suit/animatronic nightmare hybrid of horror. Right? Right.
Images: New Line Cinema, Nintendo, @Bosslogic (Instagram)