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Detective Pikachu Producer Considered Danny DeVito For Leading Role

A viral joke tied together Danny DeVito and Pikachu, no, this isn’t a joke. Before the localization of the Detective Pikachu game even began, gamers wanted to see the comic actor as the coffee-loving detective that is Pikachu. This, of course, didn’t come to fruition. It was, however, rejuvenated upon the announcement of the Detective Pikachu film. But, still the role went to Ryan Reynolds.

While talking to Game Informer, producer, Cale Boyter, explained that they knew about the demand and how they considered it.

We definitely thought about it and how it might inform the spirit of it. Danny is incredible by the way. I am a huge fan of Danny DeVito.

The team even lined up voice clips of multiple actors to an early animated Pikachu. One of the actors was even DeVito. VFX producer, Greg Baxter, even expressed that the end results were funny enough that they may release the clips following the film’s launch.

I love Danny and some point maybe after the movie comes about, we can share those early tests. It’s absolutely hilarious.

Detective Pikachu is coming to theaters May 10.