Bill Nighy Joins Pokemon Movie ‘Detective Pikachu’


British actor Bill Nighy is jumping into the world of Pokemon after signing up for new live-action movie Detective Pikachu.

The Love Actually star will join Ryan Reynolds in the forthcoming film, based on the video game Great Detective Pikachu, in which players work with Pokemon characters to solve mysteries.

Reynolds will be using motion-capture technology to portray the titular character, a Pikachu-type Pokemon with impressive investigative skills.

Further details about Nighy’s casting have yet to be revealed, but he will feature alongside co-stars Ken Watanabe, Paper Towns actor Justice Smith, and Kathryn Newton from Big Little Lies.

British actor Chris Geere is also a new addition to the line-up.

Goosebumps filmmaker Rob Letterman is set to direct from a script he penned with Guardians of the Galaxy co-screenwriter Nicole Perlman.

Production on the Legendary Entertainment/Universal Pictures movie recently began in London, ahead of a 2019 release.