No shit? Robert Downey Jr. is Sherlock?; also, is Favreau on Iron Man 2 finally? (updated)

Unlike the recent empty, “in negotiations” casting chatter about Platinum’s Cowboys and Aliens, Variety reports that Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man, Zodiac) has “committed” to star in Guy Ritchie’s upcoming Sherlock Holmes flick for Warner Bros. The film begins shooting in October.

Ritchie revised the Sherlock Holmes script by Anthony Peckham (The Human Factor, to be directed by Clint Eastwood), which is based on both the original stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and an upcoming comic book of the same title, and will showcase a bit more physicality than we’ve seen in previous versions, although the character was an amateur boxer (excuse me: “pugilist”) and fencer in the original stories, so this is kind of a nice nod to the source material… unless, you know, they get a little too carried away with it.

Another Sherlock Holmes film is also heading to production around the same time — an as-yet-untitled comedy starring Sacha Baron Cohen and Will Ferrell as Holmes and Watson, respectively, which is being written by Etan Cohen (Tropic Thunder) for producers Judd Apatow and Jimmy Miller. UPDATE (7/20/08): In a chat with Coming Soon, Ferrell was “not quite ready to confirm his role as Mr. Watson” in this comedic take. “We’re still trying to figure that out in a way, so I haven’t really thought about that much,” he told the news site, with the site adding that “Sony may have announced it somewhat prematurely.”

The Variety article mentions that after starring opposite Jamie Foxx in Joe Wright’s adaptation of The Soloist, RDJ will “reprise his Tony Stark role in Iron Man 2 for Marvel Studios and Paramount, with Jon Favreau directing” — which was the first I’d read of Favreau’s being on the sequel — but that annoying bitch over at Deadline Hollywood Daily seems to think so, too, so… I dunno. We’ll know when something official gets announced.

UPDATE: is posturing a little about having “broken” this story before Finke, which is a bit inaccurate. While Favreau did tell them recently (on the red carpet at the Hellboy 2 premiere) “it’s going to work out, I have a feeling,” “we’re working it all out” is not concrete and is not the same as Finke’s article’s “have reached a deal” (emphasis mine). Sorry, IESB. I think she’s a stupid waste of flesh, too (especially for calling Favreau an “asshole” for simply answering a question honestly), but she’s got you here.

Related post: Jon Favreau still not signed for Iron Man 2

Posted on July 10, 2008 at 08:36 by Gordon@MovieMakeout · Permalink
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  1. Written by Pedro Steckecilo
    on 2008-07-10 at 09:09

    He doesn’t look a thing like the classic depiction of Holmes, but Downey can get the whole “addicted to cocaine” and “arrogant bastard” down pat, that and he’s completely awesome no matter what he’s in.

  2. Written by Lincoln
    on 2008-07-13 at 21:15

    Ee. I like Downey, but I’m a huge Holmes fan and this makes me nervous. Course, anything but Basil Rathbone makes me nervous. Ah well. I’ll still go see it.

  3. Written by Chris
    on 2008-07-23 at 08:57

    That would thoroughly please me.

    I’ve been waiting for a decent adaptation of Holmes for some time, now. This character is much more fierce than he’s been depicted in the past, and Downey Jr’s adventurous nature of late would fit perfectly with the character.

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