Ryan Reynolds' 'Detective Pikachu' Adds Bill Nighy, Chris Geere

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Reynolds will star as the titular character in the Legendary production.

Bill Nighy and You're the Worst actor Chris Geere are the latest to join Legendary's Detective Pikachu.

Ryan Reynolds will star as the titular Pikachu in the action adventure film that also features Justice Smith, who will be seen in the upcoming Jurassic World: Fallen KingdomBig Little Lies actress Kathryn Newton and Ken Watanabe.

The story is set into motion when Smith's character's father is kidnapped, forcing the teen to team up with Pikachu and a young journalist (Newton) in order to find him. 

Rob Letterman (Goosebumps) is directing the project, which is due to start shooting this month in London.

Nicole Perlman wrote the script with Letterman, with Eric Pearson and Tom McCarthy having completed production polishes. Mary Parent and Cale Boyter are producing for Legendary. Joe Caracciolo Jr. and Pokemon’s Tsunekazu Ishihara are executive producing. Legendary’s Alexandra Mendes will co-produce. 

Nighy, whose credits include Love Actually and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, is repped by CAA and Jackoway Tyerman.

Geere will star in the fifth and final season of the critically acclaimed FXX series, due out this year. He is repped by UTA and Creative Partners.