Can You Diglett? Ryan Reynolds Will Play Pikachu in the Live-Action Pokémon Movie

Forget 'Deadpool,' let's talk 'Detective Pikachu.'

Can You Diglett? Ryan Reynolds Will Play Pikachu in the Live-Action Pokémon Movie
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The live-action Pokémon movie has been blessed with a most unexpected addition. According to The Hollywood ReporterRyan Reynolds will play Pikachu in Detective Pikachu, an upcoming film based on the popular gaming franchise. In other words, this adorable yellow lightning monster is in, and Deadpool is out. Just kidding, Deadpool 2 is still in the works, but for the time being, Pokémon will be the actor's top focus.

While the flick's full cast is being kept mum for now, THR shares Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom's Justice Smith will star as well as Big Little Lies' Kathryn Newton. Goosebumps' Rob Letterman will direct.

Can You Diglett? Ryan Reynolds Will Play Pikachu in the Live-Action Pokémon Movie
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Every '90s kid should be thrilled by this news, considering the hundreds of hours we all spent trading Persians in the schoolyard. As fans of the franchise will recall, Pikachu was protagonist Ash's best bud, accompanying the trainer on his adventures as he fought to catch 'em all.

Detective Pikachu is set to take a different approach, following Smith's character on a quest to rescue his kidnapped dad. Newton will reportedly play a journalist while Reynolds' Pikachu will offer his help along the way.

Can You Diglett? Ryan Reynolds Will Play Pikachu in the Live-Action Pokémon Movie
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With writers on board like Gravity Falls' Alex Hirsch and Guardians of the Galaxy's Nicole Perlman, we have high expectations.

The only question that remains is...

Can You Diglett? Ryan Reynolds Will Play Pikachu in the Live-Action Pokémon Movie

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