Ryan Reynolds to star in live-action Pokemon movie

He'll play Detective Pikachu in a film of the same name.

Ryan Reynolds has joined the cast of upcoming Pokemon movie Detective Pikachu.

The live-action film is based on the gaming franchise of the same name. Reynolds will portray Detective Pikachu himself with a motion-capture performance, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The movie is due to start shooting in January in London, with Rob Letterman (Goosebumps) as director. The cast also includes Kathryn Newton (Big Little Lies, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) and Justice Smith (Paper Towns, The Get Down).

The plot is said to follow Detective Pikachu’s quest to find the father of Justice Smith’s character after he is kidnapped. Newton’s character is a journalist who helps them along the way, according to reports.

Reynolds will also been seen as Wade Wilson aka Deadpool in next year’s Deadpool 2, which arrives in cinemas on June 1, 2018.

A plot synopsis for the eagerly-anticipated sequel teases: “After surviving a near fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfill his dream of becoming Mayberry’s hottest bartender while also learning to cope with his lost sense of taste.

“Searching to regain his spice for life, as well as a flux capacitor, Wade must battle ninjas, the yakuza, and a pack of sexually aggressive canines, as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and flavor – finding a new taste for adventure and earning the coveted coffee mug title of World’s Best Lover.”