Ryan Reynolds cast as Detective Pikachu himself

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With Universal Studios and Legendary Entertainment fast-tracking the release of Detective Pikachu, we are finally getting more details about who will play which characters. Previously it had been revealed that Justice Smith (The Get Down, Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom) would play the lead, but fans were debating whether that mean he would be the human or Pokémon character.

Well, that conversation has finally been put to rest.

The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Ryan Reynolds has been cast as Detective Pikachu himself, making clearer the hierarchy of who will play what role, and officially disqualifying Danny Devito as the detective, who’s always been a fan favorite to voice the role. Kathryn Newton has also been cast on the movie as the female lead, but her role is yet to be revealed.


The Detective Pikachu videogame released under the Meitantei Pikachu: Shin Konbi Tanjō (Great Detective Pikachu: Birth of a New Duo) name on the Nintendo 3DS in Japan. The game has yet to release in other territories. Hopefully with Universal Studios and Legendary Entertainment moving forward with a movie will push The Pokémon Company to release the game for the West on the 3DS, or for it to receive the HD treatment on the Nintendo Switch to coincide with the movie’s release.

Detective Pikachu follows the relationship between a boy named Tim who is searching for his missing father, and Detective Pikachu, an intelligent Pokémon who he can curiously understand speak in his own language. They use this special bond to communicate and solve mysteries along the way.

Sergio Acevedo is a writer at Shigerunews. You can also talk with him about Nintendo happenings on Twitter and listen to his Nintendo Podcast at the Force in Unison Gaming channel.

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