The DETECTIVE PIKACHU Pokemon Movie Wants to Cast Dwayne Johnson, Hugh Jackman, or Ryan Reynolds in the Lead Role
Legendary Pictures is reportedly looking to cast a big A-list star in the lead role of their Detective Pikachu Pokemon movie. How big you ask? Well, according to That Hashtag Show, the studio is looking at Dwayne Johnson, Hugh Jackman, Mark Wahlberg, and Ryan Reynolds to provide the voice of Pikachu.
Johnson, Jackman, and Reynolds all have experience voicing animated characters in the past. Whalberg is the only one that's never lent his voice to a cartoon character before. Out of all the actors mentioned in this lineup, Wahlberg is the most interesting choice because I could see Detective Pikachu with a thick Boston accent and attitude.
None of the actors mentioned here have met with the producers yet. They are apparently just on a wish list and in the end, I'm sure they will take who they can get from the list. I'm not sure who their first choice is, but which of the four actors would you like to see play Pikachu?
The movie is being directed by Goosebumps director Rob Letterman from a script that is being written by Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Alex Hirsch (Gravity Falls). Detective Pikachu will be the first film in a planned franchise centering on the character. The story for the game that the movie is based on is described as follows:
The game follows a peculiar talking Pikachu who, despite not being as powerful and nimble as other Pikachu of his kind, is rather intelligent and claims to be a great detective. One day, Pikachu encounters a boy named Tim Goodman, who is able to understand what he is saying. Thus, the two begin working together to solve various mysteries revolving around Pokémon in the city.
Legendary has put this project on the fast-track and they were hoping to start shooting sometime this year. If that's still the case, they better get their cast together soon!