Justice Smith has landed the starring role in the upcoming live-action Detective Pikachu film. It will be the first ever live-action Pokemon film. The film has a script by Nicole Perlman and Alex Hirsch, and will be directed by Rob Letterman. As of now there is no known release date for the film.
Justice Smith gained fame on the Netflix series The Get Down, Baz Luhrmann's musical drama. The series was widely acclaimed, yet did not receive a second season pick-up. However, he impressed people enough
to earn a role in the next Jurassic Park film, Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom (I still hate that name).
The film is scheduled to begin shooting in January in London. Universal will distribute the film outside the Japan, while Toho will handle that in Japan.
All of this is based on the Detective Pikachu game released in 2016. At one point, fans petitioned for Danny DeVito to voice the character in the US version of the game. No word on if that could happen for the film, but I one hundred percent endorse it. Other names that have been tossed around are The Rock, Mark Wahlberg, Ryan Reynolds, and Hugh Jackman, because why not. That would be hilarious if Ryan Reynolds did it. Deadpool as Pikachu? Sign me up.