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More Sherlock Holmes News: Robert Downey Jr. to Play Holmes


Man, I love me some Robert Downey Jr. casting news, and this one's got me all giddy. Variety is reporting that RDJ will play Sherlock Holmes in Guy Ritchie's reimagined version of the old sleuth's story (not to be confused with the comedic Sherlock Holmes story starring Sacha Baron Cohen and Will Ferrell). The article has more details:

Downey emerged as an action star with Iron Man and Sherlock Holmes also will take advantage of his physical skills as the character displays brawn as well as brains.

The basis for the film is Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic tales, but also the comic book Sherlock Holmes.

Now that I'm envisioning it, this seems like the best possible casting decision for Ritchie's project, especially since, as Variety notes, the image idea of RDJ as action star is still fresh in our minds. He can play Sherlock, and many of you think he should be the one picked to portray a young Hugh Hefner — is there anything this guy can't do? Seriously. I'm asking you.

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Jennipoo Jennipoo 8 years
He's such a brilliant actor. I just watched a movie with him in it "Charlie Bennett", he played an alcoholic principle/single-dad. He was amazing in it. (ps. that movie's pretty good... it's the "Ferris Buehler" for this generation.)
foudini foudini 8 years
This is disappointing. NO ONE can ever top Jeremy Brett. At the very least it should be "interesting" to see Jr.'s interpretation. Sigh. Are they modernizing the movies or keeping them in Victorian London?
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 8 years
:woohoo: I rarely like the Sherlock Holmes series however I am such a fan of RDJ that I will have to see this movie! Also, I cannot wait to see Judd Apatrow's production of the Sherlock series w/ Sascha Baron Cohen as Sherlock Holmes w/ Will Ferrell as Dr. Watson. These films will be wonderful!
northofantastic northofantastic 8 years
Awesome! Totally looking forward to it. RDJ's got hot stock right now. ;)
Allyace Allyace 8 years
While I still think it is weird that they are doing two Holmes movies at once RDJ is the perfect person to play this part :).
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
haha it cracks me up when people are like YOU'RE WRONG, but didn't read it right themselves. There's TWO Sherlock movies coming out, one with Downey and one with Cohen and Farrell And they're BOTH going to Awesome!
bohosimple bohosimple 8 years
ossurworld, you didn't read it right. There are too different versions of this story being made into movies. Both Sacha Baron Cohen and RDJ will be playing Holmes. I think it is a great idea. Downey will be perfect in the role!
ossurworld ossurworld 8 years
Someone can't read. DOWNEY will NOT play Sherlock Holmes. That role belongs to Sacha Baron Cohen. Will Farrell will play Watson. Downey will play the villain, Prof. Moriarty.
radarkitty radarkitty 8 years
Excellent casting choice! :woohoo:
JCP0240 JCP0240 8 years
I can definitely see him in this role. I loved him when he was on Ally McBeal, it was so disappointing when he was busted for drugs and his character had to be written off... : (
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
Great casting decision. Looking forward to seeing him in this role.
TheEnchantedOne TheEnchantedOne 8 years
I'm absolutely watching this when it's out. RDJ's a terrific actor :)
PollyPrissyPants PollyPrissyPants 8 years
I'm going to come down on the side of no...there is NOTHING this guy can't play. Love RDJ!
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