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'Detective Pikachu' Movie Casts 'The Get Down' Star in Lead Role

'Detective Pikachu' Movie Casts 'The Get Down' Star in Lead Role

Fans have been pretty vocal over their shock at Pikachu's sudden speaking role in the new animated Pokémon movie, but that certainly isn't the first time that we've heard of the little yellow mouse thing talking.

The 22-year-old actor is set to star in the leading role in the first-ever live-action Pokemon movie (via Variety).

Details surrounding the project are still rather sparse, although it's expected to draw from the Japanese 2016 point-and-click adventure game Great Detective Pikachu.

Detective Pikachu is planned as the first in a series that will be based on the popular Pokemon franchise, which spans card games, video games, TV series and animated films.

Pokemon became a phenomenon when Pokemon Red and Blue made their way to the United States back in 1998, after originally being introduced in Japan two years prior.

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Smith is coming off of Netflix's The Get Down.

Smith, who appeared in the John Green adaptation Paper Towns, will star opposite Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard in Universal's Jurassic World sequel.

Detective Pikachu will be directed by Rob Letterman (Goosebumps, Monsters vs. Aliens) with a script by Gravity Falls' Alex Hirsch and Guardians of the Galaxy's Nicole Perlman.

Detective Pikachu does not now have a release date.


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