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Ryan Reynolds will next play the title role in Detective Pikachu. Photo: AFP

Deadpool’s Ryan Reynolds banks on another cartoon character with Pokemon film Detective Pikachu

Live-action film about detective who helps a boy find his father within a world of mighty Pokemon beasts has built-in global fan appeal and could deliver Reynolds a second major franchise adapted from popular graphic characters

Ryan Reynolds could well end up with a second major film franchise adapted from popular graphic characters.

The Deadpool star has signed on to top-line the live-action Detective Pikachu and will begin shooting next month, the Hollywood Reporter first reported.

Pikachu, Ash, Squirtle, left to right, and Balbasur in Warner Brothers’ Pokemon the Movie 2000. Photo: AP

The Legendary film, based on the video game-sprung multimedia juggernaut, already has director Rob Letterman ( Goosebumps ) and actors Justice Smith (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) and Kathryn Newton (Lady Bird) in place, with Alex Hirsch (Gravity Falls) and Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy) handling the script.

Reynolds will play the titular detective who helps a boy find his father within a world of mighty Pokemon beasts. The film has a built-in global fan appeal, with Pokemon games having sold in the hundreds of millions and an animated series spanning two decades.

Ryan Reynolds stars as Green Lantern. Photo: Warner Bros./MCT

The move shows Reynolds’ continued faith in projects based on bright visual characters. He began the decade with the infamous Green Lantern and the animated The Croods, right after 2009’s misguided X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

Now he’s got a Deadpool sequel due out next June, an X-Force film announced – and even The Croods 2 slated for 2020.

Ryan Reynolds reprises his role as Marvel Comics anti-hero Deadpool in next year’s sequel. Photo: Joe Lederer/20th Century Fox/TNS

The casting rings as positive news, except among those fans who had campaigned for Danny DeVito to land the role – even though he had little interest and even less knowledge of Pokemon.