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You Will Never Guess Which Heartthrob Is Going to Play Live-Action Pikachu

In today’s bizarre casting news, Ryan Reynolds is set to portray an electric mouse in the big-screen adaptation of the wildly popular Japanese Pokémon gaming franchise.

Reynolds will play the title role in the upcoming live-action movie Detective Pikachu, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film will be the first non-animated portrayal of the iconic characters since the franchise began more than 20 years ago, and we’re just curious to see if Reynolds will actually don yellow face paint and a tail.

The story will revolve around Pikachu teaming up with Ash Ketchum to find his missing father. Reynolds will be joined by Justice Smith (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) and Kathryn Newton (Big Little Lies); Rob Letterman (Goosebumps) will direct the film.

Detective Pikachu will begin production early next year. Better catch ’em all, Reynolds.

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