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Sherlock Holmes Casting Confirmed
Update: But big bad still a secret?

01 October 2008  |  Written by Glen Ferris  

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This news is so hot off the press that our fingers are burning. As these very words are being typed, a London press conference for Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes is confirming that Jude Law has been cast as Dr Watson, Kelly Reilly as his love interest Mary, and Mark Strong as villain Blackwood.

Rather more handsome and a hell of a lot younger than the middle-aged, moustachioed Watson of legend, Law’s casting alongside Robert Downey Jr (as Sherlock Holmes) confirms that Ritchie’s version will be a sexier, edgier and more action-tastic take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s greatest creation. We're also told that this Watson will be no bumbler, Downey Jr. emphasising his background as a military surgeon and war veteran.

Also added to the cast roster is Kelly Reilly who will be playing Mary, Watson’s love interest (the self-same Miss Mary Morstan who became the good doctor’s wife after the mysterious events of The Sign Of Four), who causes tension between Watson - who wants to marry her - and Holmes - who resents her competition for Watson's affections.

Factor in the recent revelation that Rachel McAdams will be playing Irene Adler (also referred to in the original stories as The Woman, a wily female criminal who evaded the great detective in A Scandal In Bohemia) and Mark Strong as Blackwood (“a mysterious new adversary”) and it appears that Ritchie is creating something of a greatest hits mash-up of Doyle’s best stories.

Also at the press conference, we asked whether there is yet another bad guy yet to be announced, in addition to Blackwood and Adler (perhaps a certain Professor Moriarty?). The cast remained tight-lipped (although Downey Jr grinned broadly) and producer Lionel Wigram simply declined to answer at this point. Which we're taking as a strong suggestion that there may be another nemesis to come.

But then secrecy was the word of the day. Ritchie would not confirm whether Holmes will don the traditional deerstalker, or even if he'll wear tweed, and stayed quiet on plot details. He did tell us that the production will be shooting in the Victorian streets of London and Liverpool, and that scenes will be shot in Freemason's Hall (where the press conference took place) and at St. Paul's Cathedral.

Producer Joel Silver also confirmed that the film will be a PG-13 (so bye-bye, scenes of Holmes taking cocaine). Everyone involved referenced the fact that this will be an action-packed Holmes, but emphasised that all his abilities, including bare-knuckle boxing and martial arts expertise, are sourced from Conan Doyle's books.


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I'VE GOT IT ....
HIS REAL NAME IS ARTI MORTY. 'Without A Clue' is probably one of the funniest films of all time. If you haven't seen it, then rush out and buy it !!!! Easily the best Holmes film ever. More

Posted by ascohen01 at 01:13 on 04 October 2008 | Report This Post

Is PG-13 a 12a or a 15?! Made up that it's filming in Liverpool, the georgian quarter is perfect for sherlock holmes! More

Posted by ElliotFalconer at 20:28 on 02 October 2008 | Report This Post

RE:
L: keir I love all the bashing going on. You were the same cretins who whined like little bitches when Heath Ledger was cast as the Joker... god I wish I had a page save of that day. RDJ is in full stride at the moment, Guy Ritchie has got undoubted talent and visual flair, although needs a good project, and Jude Law, who personally I cannot stomach, is still a very good actor. So until you see a trailer that looks like shit, stop crying (you pessimists and naysayers cry over every fucking More

Posted by waltham1979 at 11:18 on 02 October 2008 | Report This Post

The Good, the Bad and the potentially terrible!!
First of all I think the casting is fantastic, all of the actors involved could produce a truly memorable movie. RDj is excellent, Jude Law can be quite mesemerising when not over acting as a London yuppie (anyone who saw cold mountain or AI should not be claiming his lack of ability!). I think they need to be careful having too many adversaries fro Mr Holmes, there have been too many superhero movies screwed up by clogging the script with extra foes. One really bad guy (or girl) is far better t More

Posted by jameslowe at 09:54 on 02 October 2008 | Report This Post

I love all the bashing going on. You were the same cretins who whined like little bitches when Heath Ledger was cast as the Joker... god I wish I had a page save of that day. RDJ is in full stride at the moment, Guy Ritchie has got undoubted talent and visual flair, although needs a good project, and Jude Law, who personally I cannot stomach, is still a very good actor. So until you see a trailer that looks like shit, stop crying (you pessimists and naysayers cry over every fucking movie anyone More

Posted by keir at 09:44 on 02 October 2008 | Report This Post

Now up to Cohen and Co............
............to do justice to the great literary charater! Oh dear god! More

Posted by Ledbowie at 09:15 on 02 October 2008 | Report This Post

A Lemon Entry, my dear Watson
Sounds shit so far... More

Posted by autobot at 01:34 on 02 October 2008 | Report This Post

RE: no cocaine? fuck this
nt]]The cast, the director, the screwing with the character(s), this might be childish (in fact it is) but everything about this film makes me want to jab a pen into my eye...twice.  /size] More

Posted by impqueen at 20:17 on 01 October 2008 | Report This Post

no cocaine? fuck this
if there's one thing any good film needs, it's the lead taking cocaine. that's why i liked The Queen so much. i mean, she was off her saggy tits. More

Posted by Hughezy at 19:21 on 01 October 2008 | Report This Post

Does he smoke his pipe, that's what I want to know
Knowing Hollywoods code of no one but a bad guy smokes. This does sound interesting and I look forward to behind-the-scenes pics and trailers. I still think Jason Statham as Detective Constable Lestrade would be the cherry on this 'sweet' casted cake. More

Posted by Taz69 at 18:45 on 01 October 2008 | Report This Post

Watson is no "bumbler" in the short stories, that comes from the films. More

Posted by mrpage at 17:49 on 01 October 2008 | Report This Post

I'm so looking forward to slating this... More

Posted by ovenmitboy at 17:30 on 01 October 2008 | Report This Post

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This news has just killed all  my interest in this movie. Law is not a good actor, RDJr is a fantastic one there is really no competition between them. More

Posted by matthewforan at 16:57 on 01 October 2008 | Report This Post

"Law towering over RDJ", I hope you're talking about the 2 1/2 inch height difference rather than any acting ability. Could work, RDJ can easily play an opium addict and Law can is often overshadowed by his peers (Sleuth) More

Posted by Rich Deckard at 16:51 on 01 October 2008 | Report This Post

This sounds good, but I am slightly worried that this might change the dynamic of the Holmes-Watson relationship with Law towering over RDJ. here's hoping this film can finally show Ritchie off as a decent film maker. More

Posted by Rocket 3000 at 15:23 on 01 October 2008 | Report This Post

Elementary dear Watson
Sounds like a cool cast, just hopes Ritchie doesn't balls it up, please don't cast Madonna!.... in anything!... ever! More

Posted by Moronifighter at 15:16 on 01 October 2008 | Report This Post

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