He joins actor Justice Smith for the film, who will be seen next in the upcoming Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. He'll bring his talents to this film that's helmed by director Rob Letterman, who's no stranger to family animated comedies, with his resume that includes Monsters vs. Aliens and Shark Tale.
Filming on the project is expected to start soon.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film will center around a parent's disappearance, and Detective Pikachu's attempt to help reunite father and son. Earlier this year there were rumors swirling that Legendary was eyeballing some big-name talent for the role, including the likes of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Mark Wahlberg, and they've certainly landed their recognizable star in Reynolds. Newton's character, a "sassy journalist", tags along. It's unclear if Reynolds will also lend his voice to the character, which could prove to be a bit controversial considering how fans reacted to the first time Pikachu spoke in a movie. The Deadpool actor will play none other than the eponymous detective, a version of Pikachu who fancies himself an investigator who travels the world to crack the case on many mysteries and make lasting friendships along the way. Reynolds will play the titular Detective Pikachu. The script comes from Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Alex Hirsch (Gravity Falls). Universal Pictures will be distributing the film in regions outside of Japan, where long-time Pokemon film collaborator Toho will handle distribution duties.