Some of you may remember a little while back I wrote a piece about the impending release of two very different takes on the world’s greatest detective, Sherlock Holmes. If you missed it, you can check it out here. While we have heard next to nothing from the Will Ferrell/Sascha Baron Coen comedy Holmes film since that date, a small but steady trickle of information has been released regarding the other, more serious take on the character. There have been numerous interviews with star Robert Downey Jr in which he speaks about his latest franchise, and we even got an unofficial photo of Downey Jr in his Holmes garb. But all that considered, we haven’t seen much of anything with substance.
Well finally we have a little something. We’ve got a new official picture for Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes showcasing the films stars. Robert Downey Jr continues his massive career turnaround by starring in the titular role of the worlds greatest detective, next to Jude Law, who plays Holmes’ close friend/confidant/partner Dr. Watson. It also features Rachel McAdams as Irene Adler. The picture is at the bottom of this post. A nice pick, but I’m beginning to have my doubts. For those of you who don’t know much about this project, let me give you the “official word” on this film:
In a dynamic new portrayal of Arthur Conan Doyle’s most famous characters, Sherlock Holmes sends Holmes (Downey Jr.) and his stalwart partner Watson (Law) on their latest challenge. Revealing fighting skills as lethal as his legendary intellect, Holmes will battle as never before to bring down a new nemesis and unravel a deadly plot that could destroy the country.
It is pretty clear that this film will attempt to change the way people think about the character. Downey Jr has maintained his Iron Man buffness for this film, something you probably would never see in the previous takes on Holmes. Remember, the big “catch” with Guy Ritchie’s take on the character is that it will showcase Holmes’ skill as a fighter. Ritchie has previously stated that this film will be a “big budget action flick.” Okay… So my question is, what do you think? Do you buy Downey Jr as Sherlock Holmes? What about Jude Law? Does anyone care about this film?
Sherlock Holmes is presently slated for release on November 13th of this year.