Ryan Reynolds' Next 3 Movies: 'Detective Pikachu,' 'Clue,' 'X-Force'

Ryan Reynolds' Next 3 Movies: 'Detective Pikachu,' 'Clue,' 'X-Force'

May 21, 2018

Deadpool 2

Under the face mask and full body costume he wears in Deadpool 2 (above), Ryan Reynolds is white hot. Thanks to Deadpool and its sequel, the actor has established himself firmly as a box office presence.

Reynolds is known especially for comedies like National Lampoon's Van Wilder; The Proposal, opposite Sandra Bullock; and The Hitman's Bodyguard, opposite Samuel L. Jackson. (The latter film may be getting a sequel, though we don't know for sure if Reynolds will be returning.) He has displayed his dramatic talents in thrillers like The Amityville Horror, Safe House and Life.

He's also participated to varying degrees of success in big action movies like Blade: Trinity, X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Green LanternSo what is he planning to do next?

Detective Pikachu

Reynolds contributed his voice talents to the prehistoric animated film The Croods and voiced the titular character in the animated snail adventure Turbo, but Detective Pikachu promises to be something a bit different. The live-action adventure, based on the incredibly popular Pokemon video game series, will feature the titular detective as he solves a mystery. Rob Letterman (Goosebumps) is directing.

Reynolds' role as the detective is said to be "motion-capture in nature." That sounds like a second cousin to his role as Deadpool, in which we hear his voice and see his body language, even under that full-body costume. (A stunt double fills in for him in the suit as needed.) The film is scheduled for release on May 10, 2019.

Clue

This past January, we heard that a new version of Clue, inspired by the popular board game, is on its way from Reynolds' production company. Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, the writing team whose credits include Zombieland and Deadpool, were in talks to write the screenplay.

The project has been long in development, stretching back before 2011, when we noted that Gore Verbinski was still attached to direct a big-screen adaptation. Five years later, we heard that the plan was to break away from both the game and the 1985 film version -- which revolved around a murder mystery and an ensemble cast in a single house -- and create an international action-adventure story.

The latest idea is to develop a starring vehicle for Reynolds. Recently, writer/producer Reese told MTV: "We want to build on [the first film]. We want to take some of what makes it fun and funny, but then we want to do our own thing. It’s about finding that balance."

Writer/producer Wernick added: "Don't be surprised if Clue is an R-rated … Potentially." No release date has been teased yet, but if the screenplay gets written to everyone's satisfaction, this could "potentially" be on its way to theaters before the next costumed superhero movie starring Reynolds.

X-Force

Speaking of which, it sounds like X-Force, revolving around a team of superpowered characters, will be moving forward, but the big question is when. Wernick told Fandango: "The script hasn’t been started yet – [Drew Goddard is] off doing a movie right now, and I think he wraps in the fall and then I think he’ll turn his attention to X-Force at that point and I am sure we’ll be involved in some form or fashion.”

That likely pushes the movie's release to late 2019 or 2020, but reportedly Reynolds is eager to work with Goddard, whose writing credits include Cloverfield and The Martian. Goddard's current project is Bad Times at the El Royale, which is also his directorial debut; it's due for theatrical release in October 2018.

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