The man best-known for playing the Merc with the Mouth looks set to play the titular beloved Pokemon in the live-action-CGI movie Detective Pikachu.

The project was announced last year to cries of ‘Huh?’ but now that Ryan Reynolds is attached, things have got a whole lot more interesting…

Reynolds joins Justice Smith, who will be seen in the upcoming Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, and Big Little Lies actress Kathryn Newton in the movie.

Rob Letterman (Goosebumps) is directing the project, which is due to start shooting as soon as mid-January in London.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, which broke the news, Reynolds’ role will be motion capture. The plot synopsis reads: “Smith's character's father is kidnapped, forcing the teen to team up with Pikachu in order to find him. Newton will play a sassy journalist who helps them on their quest.”

Will the Twitter-loving actor being his smart alec attitude to the role? Here’s hoping!