The Hollywood Reporter reports the Deadpool star has signed on to star in Legendary's upcoming live-action movie, Detective Pikachu, in the titular role. He'll bring his talents to this film that's helmed by director Rob Letterman, who's no stranger to family animated comedies, with his resume that includes Monsters vs. Aliens and Shark Tale. The teen teams up with Pikachu in order to help track down the people responsible for the deed, enlisting the help of a journalist played by Kathryn Newton along the way.
Filming on the project is expected to start soon. Sources close to THR note that Reynolds' role will be "motion capture in nature", so don't expect to see the actor all done up in yellow face-paint and a lightning bolt-shaped tail.
The new film will be based on the already-successful franchise, introduced with video games in Japan in 1996.
Interestingly, Reynolds will be playing Pikachu, the adorable little guy who doesn't actually communicate anything aside from his own name.
Legendary is betting big on the film, as the franchise has proven insanely lucrative over the years. In fact, a game for the Nintendo 3DS features this Pokemon, its voice deeper than usual.
Before Reynolds shows up in Detective Pikachu's fedora, he will first return in to cinemas in Deadpool 2, which opens June 1, 2018. Is Reynolds the right choice? Let us know in the comment section below!