There are plenty of times when Hollywood's casting decisions throw us for a loop. Sometimes for the better (like Tessa Thompson as the traditionally blonde/white Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarok...praise the Heavens for this perfect choice) and sometimes for the worse (like Scarlett Johansson as the Asian lead for Ghost in the Shell...ScarJo...what are you doing?). And then sometimes there are decisions that leave us just completely baffled. Take, for instance, the fact that The Hollywood Reporter has just broken the news that Ryan Reynolds will be playing Detective Pikachu in a live-action Pokémon movie. And no, we aren't joking.
As a refresher, this is Ryan Reynolds.
Canadian hunk and Marvel’s favorite smack talking, snarky superhero in Deadpool. He can often be found trolling his perfect wife, Blake Lively, on Instagram.
Oh, and did we mention he's super dreamy?
He’s a classic Hollywood babe, but he’s also extremely talented. Basically, we can go on and on about how we’re glad he exists.
Now this is Pikachu.
The adorable, bright-eyed creature from the phenomenon known as Pokémon.
What we wouldn’t give to be a fly on the wall of the room that said, “How about we have Ryan Reynolds play Pikachu in a movie?”
The project, based on the popular gaming franchise turned TV series, will start shooting mid-January in London.
If you aren’t familiar with the concept of Pokémon, it’s a game in which the players act as trainers who collect adorable and powerful little creatures and monsters. They then compete in battle tournaments.
The movie will focus on "Detective Pikachu", a particular character from the Pikachu species.
The film will focus on this detective who is good at finding things. Reynolds will play the detective, and star alongside Justice Smith (in the upcoming Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) and Kathryn Newton (Big Little Lies).
Keep reading to find out what the movie will be about…