According to the trade, Variety, Iron Man star and current Hollywood “It” guy, Robert Downey Jr., has been cast as Sherlock Holmes in the Guy Ritchie (Snatch) directed film of the same name. The movie, being described as a straight drama with heroic elements, will go into production before the recently announced Judd Apatow produced comedic version. That untitled movie will star Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat) who will play Holmes and Will Ferrell (Step Bros) who will play Dr Watson. I must say it’s good to see Downey Jr. finally hit it big in the business – he’s reportedly in talks to do a whole slew of cool projects including Cowboys vs Aliens, a bio pic based on the life of Hugh Hefner and the sequel to Iron Man. Downey’s quirky screen presence should add a lot of juice to the Sherlock Holmes story.
Anticipation is at the boiling point for Warner Bros. The Dark Knight as advanced ticket sales are reportedly selling at a frantic pace. It’s pretty clear when it comes to a Batman movie it’s all about the Joker. Just as in the case of Tim Burton’s 1989 original ( and still the highest grossing Batman movie) which featured Nicholson’s famous interpretation of the comic book villain, mainstream America, and not just Batman fans, will line up to see this iconic character on the big screen. July 18th is the day of reckoning!