Jude Law will play Dr. Watson in the Sherlock Holmes remake to be directed and scripted by Guy Ritchie for Warner Bros. Jude Law is said to be in talks and is likely to close the deal soon, putting paid to rumors that Russell Crowe will play Sherlock Holmes’ trusted friend and assistant.
Robert Downey Jr. will play the titular role of Sherlock Holmes. Sherlock Holmes will go into production in October 2008. Sherlock Holmes will be produced by Joel Silver, Lionel Wigram, Susan Downey and Dan Lin.
The Sherlock Holmes movie will draw from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s book as well as the Sherlock Holmes comic book by Lionel Wigram.
Sherlock Holmes will be a gritty, Bondesque contemporary remake in which Sherlock Holmes will be potrayed as a skilled swordsman in the movie. Guy Ritchie has said
that Sherlock Holmes will reflect the intelligence in the books as well as intense action that has not been captured in the earlier movie versions of Sherlock Holmes. Sherlock Holmes will be released in 2010.
The lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrel’s director Guy Ritchie’s RocknRolla is set for a October 31, 2008 release. RocknRolla will star Gerard Butler, Tom Wikilson, Thandie Newton, Mark Strong, and Tom Hardy. There are rumors that Mark Strong will play the villian Blackwood in Sherlock Holmes.
Guy Ritchie’s last movie was the 2005 Revolver.
The other Sherlock Holmes movie in production, is Judd Apatow’s Sherlock Holmes spoof. The Columbia Pictures movie will star Sacha Baron Cohen and Will Ferrell
Jude Law has just completed his role in Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus where he plays one of the avatars of Heath Ledger.