*The first-ever live-action Pokemon movie has found its star.
Justice Smith of the Netflix hip hop series “The Get Down” will star in Legendary’s feature based on the mystery-solving Detective Pikachu character.
“Detective Pikachu” is planned as the first in a series that will be based on the popular Pokemon franchise, which spans card games, video games, TV series and animated films. There have been 20 Pokemon animated features, beginning with “Pokemon: The First Movie — Mewtwo Strikes Back” in 1998.
“Goosebumps” director Rob Letterman is set to helm from a script by Guardians of the Galaxy writer Nicole Perlman and Gravity Falls creator Alex Hirsch.
Smith, who also appeared in the John Green adaptation “Paper Towns,” will star opposite Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard in Universal’s “Jurassic World” sequel and the MGM feature “Every Day.”