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Robert Downey Jr. is Sherlock Holmes

Robert Downey Jr. is Sherlock Holmes

Robert Downey Jr. is set to star in Sherlock Holmes, directed by Guy Ritchie, Madonna‘s husband.

The Iron Man star’s interpretation of the the classic character will be based on an upcoming comicbook from producer Lionel Wigram which portrays Holmes as more adventurous, combining his intellectual and physical abilities.

Sherlock Holmes is set to start production this fall. Another Sherlock Holmes movie is set to star Sacha Baron Cohen as the pipe-smoking sleuth and Will Ferrell as his assistant, Watson.

Downey reportedly came onto the project via his wife, Susan, who works for one of the film’s producers, Joel Silver.

WHAT DO YOU THINK of Robert Downey Jr. as the new Sherlock Holmes?

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34 Responses to “Robert Downey Jr. is Sherlock Holmes”

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  1. 1
    Shoops Says:

    Woo hoo FIRST

  2. 2
    Swedish Gal Says:

    The only Sherlock Holmes is Jeremy Brett!!!!

  3. 3
    Suzy q Says:

    In the post you say SBC will be the new Sherlock and then at the end you ask what you do you think of RDJr as the new sleuth. Which one is going to be Sherlock Holmes and if it’s SBC what role will RDJr play? I’m confused!

  4. 4
    Suzy q Says:

    OK wait I get it now…I thought the name of the movie was going to be “Another Sherlock Holmes Movies” because of the way it was highlighted…but I realized you literally meant a different movie altogether! My bad – sorry Jared!

  5. 5
    Erin Says:

    I think his movie will do a whole heck of a lot better than the one with Will Ferrel.

  6. 6
    troy Says:

    Well since this is going to be a more adventerious take on take on the character, and “Iron Man” proved how terrific Robert Downey Jr, is in those kinds of movies I think this is great casting. I will definitely see it. I wonder if like the summer of 98 when we had two asterorod movies (“Armageddon” and “Deep Impact:”) competing against each other I wonder iff we’ll have two Sherlock Holmes movies dueling for our dollars. If so what to choice, what to choice? LOL

  7. 7
    Kris Says:

    RD, Jr will be great – he was incredible as Iron Man. Let’s not forget his earlier works…he is just having a tremendous “comeback.” Love him!

  8. 8
    Maria (Shorty) Says:

    OMG! He’s going to make a great SH! Will’s will be a comedy I’m sure, but I don’t think Robert’s will be — at least I hope not. I’m a total SH’s freak!

    Sooo happy for RD!! Good for him!!

  9. 9
    Mitra Says:

    OMG, RDjr is great but Jeremy Brett is the only Sherlock Holmes that I can imagine.But Will Ferrell is the best choice for Watson’s character.

  10. 10
    mina Says:

    better than Sacha Baron Cohen

  11. 11
    get a life Says:

    I so don’t care.

  12. 12
    Anon Says:

    I adore Robert!!!!! He can do anything he wants to!!! Whatever he decides is fine with me, I just love it that he is working and he is busy.
    Robert is a brilliant actor. Did I say I adore him??? LOLOL!!!!

  13. 13
    jaye Says:

    Robert Downey Jr.has always been a versatile actor, even before Iron man. Don’t expect him to be copying anyone else in his role of Sherlock Holmes. No one can mistake him for anyone else. He brings his own intensity and interpretation to any role he plays. He is, in my opinion, one of the best actors of any time. He is versatile still in that he not only acts, he dances, plays the piano, sings and writes music. I particularly like his song BROKEN. It’s on I’m glad to see that he apparently finally has control of his demons. I wish him much success in his creative and personal life

  14. 14
    Traci Says:

    Perfection! I can’t wait to see what he does with the part!!!

  15. 15
    becks Says:

    the man can play any role.

    tropic thunder just went to the screening last night.

    robert downey jr. = brilliantly hilarious.

  16. 16
    wanderer Says:

    RDjr – as a cocaine addicted, violin playing Sherlock Holmes – yeah that works

  17. 17
    fakename Says:

    I’m with you Suzy Q. This item lacks clarity. I shouldn’t have to provide that info myself, but the answer is that two Holmes movies are being done–the Richie one with RDjr and a Judd Apatow-produced one with Ferrell and Cohen. Hope that helps.

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    Ruth Says:

    He is a wonderful actor and will be a great Sherlock Holmes. Can’t see Sasha Baron Cohen in this role at all but who knows…

    I loved Rupert Everett’s protrayal of Holmes in the last BBC TV production – absolutely fabulous.

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    Go downey Says:

    This type of role was made for Downey. He’ll own it. I’ll watch it on the big screen.

    As for Sacha, he’s okay enough, but I hate Ferrell, so that movie version goes straight to my Netflix queue.

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    Corinne Says:

    RDJ is a good choice and I think he deserves all this attention now.
    I’m a little bit concerned about the director : Guy Ritchie has done 2 good movies (his early career) and nothing but s**** since he married Madonna
    I ‘ve read that his new movie RocknRolla is also a piece of crap…
    Let’s hope he’ll have a good scenario, or that RDJ will change it everyday ;-)

  21. 21
    jaye Says:

    becks @ 07/10/2008 at 12:33 pm

    He put me in stitches . ‘ I’m coming man. Don’t you die on me foley! You people, what do you mean YOU people? Just cause it’s a theme song doesn’t mean it’s not true. I know who I am!. I’m a dude playing a dude disguised as another dude lmao. . Hey i actually thought that was a black man playing RJD playing a black man the first time i saw the trailer. Say what?? i confused myself lol.

  22. 22
    Yas Says:

    I love RDJ and I love SH, but somehow I don’t think it’ll work. RDJ is not even close to look like SH, on this point I think Sacha will be better.
    The other think I’m very afraid of is that Guy said this will be more like an action movie and tho SH has his moments of action, it’s more brains that physical.
    Even if RDJ can pull this off, wich I think he could, I don’t think Guy will.

  23. 23
    Sam Says:

    RDJ could be on film burping for 20 minutes and I would watch it at least 100 times. He is just amazing on screen and I lurve him too much. So happy he’s finally got his **** together now.

  24. 24
    moviewatchingfamily Says:

    I’m not really a fan of Guy Ritchie’s work. Hope it turns out okay

  25. 25
    frnz Says:

    he needs to have a serious facelift if he wants to look anything like sherlock holmes. i’m a big fan of sherlock holmes. downey isn’t right for that part. he’s as far as looking british than the moon is to earth.

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