In case you missed the HUGE NEWS yesterday, everyone’s favourite loveable jerk Ryan Reynolds was cast as Pikachu in the upcoming film, Detective Pikachu. (What? There was other news?)
Yep, the Deadpool star is going to play the little electric mouse in the first ever live action Pokémon film (apparently, Pikachu – and we assume every other Pokémon – will be motion-capture).
The plot revolves around a teen (Justice Smith) who teams up with a journalist (Kathryn Newton) and Detective Pikachu to find his kidnapped father. It’s based on a game that was only released in Japan where Pikachu solves crimes, and presumably says something more than his own damn name.
The Hollywood Reporter reported yesterday that Reynolds had been cast as the titular character, but fans apparently have a few other ideas.
[And can we just pause for a second and appreciate how THR described the very concept of Detective Pikachu? “Pikachu is a species of Pokemon, while Detective Pikachu the character is a peculiar sort from the Pikachu set, a self-styled investigator who is good at finding things. Reynolds will portray the titular detective.” Incredible.]
They were REALLY keen on Danny DeVito, for a start:
I like Ryan Reynolds but Detective Pikachu still should have been pic.twitter.com/9FTrOPQtDS
— jack loves nazis (@kamilumin) December 7, 2017
R.I.P the dream of having Danny Devito as Detective Pikachu's voice
— Oh, Mistletoe?????????️ (@Axl_fox) December 7, 2017
Nothing but respect for MY Detective Pikachu pic.twitter.com/o68GDHQHCb
— Chris! Air! Good! (@chrisairbud) December 7, 2017
My heart was set on Danny Devito to star as Detective Pikachu but Ryan Reynolds is fine too.
Maybe Danny can still be in the movie somehow. Perhaps as DP's Squirtle Squad informant. pic.twitter.com/sg7TxS6Llu
— J.A.R.V.I.S. (@InitialJarvis) December 7, 2017
But a few other names got thrown in the ring as well:
They probably decided against @TheRock for playing Pikachu since electricity is weak to rock types
— Not on the Payload 🙁 (@SteveMightSay) December 7, 2017
DMX should've voiced Pikachu
— Gohan Springsteen (@Yelix) December 7, 2017
i mean, vin diesel is groot so why not ry rey as pikachu.
— Jesse Crap (@jessecarp) December 7, 2017
THB though, Reynolds will probably be perfect, and extremely good fodder for all kinds of Deadpool / Pikachu mash-ups, which is what the world really deserves.
The Deadpool Movie Trilogy:
— 八ばん [Erick] (@MarionakaArena) December 7, 2017
Image: Getty Images / Sonia Recchia
Officer: "It's a gruesome one, Detective Pikachu"
*Detective Pikachu comes over*
Officer: "So, what do you think the cause is?"
Detective Pikachu: "I think we have a case of the snuggles."
Officer: "I'm sorry…. what?"
DP: "Nah just kidding she got fucking stabbed."
— Chance: Jman's Bitch (@Chance_7000) December 7, 2017