Ryan Reynolds is all set to play 'Detective Pikachu'

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Pikachu at the Premiere of "Pokemon the Movie 2000" at the Village Theater in Westwood, California on July 15, 2000. Goosebumps helmer Rob Letterman will direct Detective Pikachu from a script by Nicole Perlman and Alex Hirsch.

Remember how weird it seemed a year ago that a live-action Hollywood movie based on Detective Pikachu was getting made? Players act as trainers for creatures called Pokémon, which compete with one another in battle tournaments. There are some plot details in the report, too: Smith's character will be teaming up with the detective after the disappearance of his father.

If you're wondering how Legendary is using Ryan Reynolds for this role, you can expect some performance capture. Newton will play a sassy journalist who helps them out. So as you can probably guess, the movie will also feature a talking Pikachu, very likely speaking in Reynolds' voice.

Ryan Reynolds is all set to play 'Detective Pikachu'
Ryan Reynolds is all set to play 'Detective Pikachu'

It's often said that Hamlet is every actor's dream role, but the thespians who parrot this particular trope rarely consider another complex, enigmatic figure.

Pokemon originally launched with a video game that became a card-collecting, TV and movie franchise phenomenon. Universal Pictures is handling distribution of the live-action film outside Japan; Toho will handle distribution in Japan. Given Reynolds' affinity for his Marvel character, we'd be shocked if this didn't come up in the PR campaign for Deadpool 2. He is repped by WME and Sloane Offer.