Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson is among the actors being considered to voice the Pokémon film Detective Pikachu's namesake. In the time since the Pokémon franchise was introduced more than two decades ago, it has been spinoff into just about every form of media and merchandise imaginable. The one thing fans have never seen, however, is a live-action Pokémon movie. After years (decades?) of waiting, that is about to change.
Last year, Legendary Pictures announced its plans to make a live-action Pokémon movie. Specifically, the film will be an adaptation of the video game Great Detective Pikachu. While the de facto Pokémon mascot has worn a number of hats throughout his life, a Sherlock-style crime solver is a new one for him. Still, it's not too hard to get behind the idea of Pikachu and a human sidekick solving crimes. What's unexpected is that the game will serve as the basis for the first ever live-action Pokémon movie... with an A-lister voicing the eponymous character, no less.
That Hashtag Show is reporting that Legendary Pictures is currently considering a number of candidates to voice the Pokémon protagonist of Detective Pikachu. Johnson is among the names being considered right now, along with Ryan Reynolds, Hugh Jackman, and Mark Wahlberg.
As the site reports, none of these actors have even met with Legendary yet. Still, their names provide a better idea of what the studio is seeking for the film. Directed by Rob Letterman (Goosebumps), it's clear from just the premise that Detective Pikachu will be an irreverent film. The conceit alone is a silly one, and it certainly subverts what many would expect from a Pokémon movie. The voice talent, however, spells things out even further.
It seems that, rather than the cutesy voice Pikachu has in the game and animated shows and movies, he'll be voiced by a gruff action star. The contrast, naturally, will be part of the fun, but it will also add to the general air of whimsy this film seems to be shooting for. With that in mind, the project could be a difficult sell for audiences. Of course, who better to help push the odd concept than huge stars like Wahlberg or Jackman?
Given the work both Johnson and Reynolds have done in the past, it's not hard to see them signing on for something like this. Reynolds often does comedic fare and Johnson has no qualms about family-friendly movies. Even Wahlberg has done his share of both. Jackman, however, is certainly the outlier in the group. Then again, the idea of a gruff, Australian Pukachu solving crimes is certainly a zany premise.
Source: That Hashtag Show
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