We Recast Detective Pikachu With Patrick Stewart, Ken Jeong, And More Because Why The Hell Not

Look, Ryan Reynolds is fine. But when we heard last week that Danny DeVito had been considered for the role of one Sir Detective Pikachu in the Pokémon movie, and that the producers of that film are hiding a test reel of DeVito voicing the electric mouse somewhere, the io9 video team was crushed.

Why were we not consulted? Why hadn’t director Rob Letterman contacted us and sent us this DeVitochu (PikaVito?) video reel specifically? Do the minds at Legendary Entertainment not realize that we need to see this footage to keep our sad spirits alive? Alas, we were not looped in.

Thankfully, we have video editing software, and possibly too much time on our hands, so we rectified this egregious error and made a casting reel of our own featuring the most distinctive voices in the entertainment industry: Al Pacino, Eugene Mirman, Kristen Schaal, and many more.


Behold...our ridiculous masterpiece. We hope you enjoy it.

Correction: A previous version of the video stated DeVito read for the role when in fact he had just been considered. Producers used clips from earlier projects for their reel. We regret the error.


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Eleanor is a documentary producer and director. She makes videos for io9 and Gizmodo.


“Shut up Wesley.” This is off-topic, but what if the new Picard series actually centers on Wesley, with Picard only playing a secondary role? Sure, there may be an exciting opening scene where Picard locks himself in a 20th century refrigerator to escape a photon torpedo blast...but otherwise, it’s all Wesley.