– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Yesterday, we reported on the recent reveal that Detective Pikachu is aiming for an early 2018 production date. This likely means the script is nearing its finishing stages, and casting is underway. If these reports from That Hashtag Show and Omega Underground are to be believed, it sounds like that’s exactly what’s happening.

That Hashtag Show has the first scoop. According to them, Legendary has a shortlist of actors to take on the voice of the grizzled and hard-boiled Detective Pikachu. The list consists of Hugh Jackman, Ryan Reynolds, Mark Wahlberg, and Dwayne Johnson. This will likely come as a disappointment to fans who were gunning for Danny DeVito to play the cutesy character. Personally, I think Mark Wahlberg would be the most hilarious choice here. With his Boston accent, it’d be a fitting one for a detective.

The second scoop comes from Omega Underground. According to them, the name of the two leads will be Lucy (ages 16-20) and Tim (17). They also snagged a couple of audition tapes from actors Rarmian Newton and Quinn Shepard (which you can see below).

The scenes played out in the auditions do reveal a bit. In the story, it looks like Tim is trying to find his missing father, and he brings in Detective Pikachu to help with the case — begrudgingly. It also sounds like Pikachu has quite a tragic backstory himself, and clings to the detective persona to cope. Lucy, on the other hand is a junior investigative reporter, trying to uncover a story about Pokémon attacking their own trainers. She also has a Psyduck at her side (Misty fans, eat your heart out).

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SOURCE: That Hashtag Show, Omega Underground

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.