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Can You Deduce Who Plays John Watson Opposite Robert Downey Jr. in Guy Ritchie’s SHERLOCK HOLMES??

Published at: Sept. 19, 2008, 12:49 p.m. CST by hercules

I am – Hercules!!
Jude Law ("The Holiday," "Sleuth") will play Dr. John Watson to Robert Downey’s titular sleuth in Warner Bros.' “Sherlock Holmes." The Warner project, directed by Guy Ritchie ("Snatch," "RockNRolla"), is not to be confused with Judd Apatow's untitled project at Sony, which stars Sacha Baron Cohen and Will Ferrell as Holmes and Watson. Find all of Variety’s story on the matter here.

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  • Sept. 19, 2008, 1:04 a.m. CST

    Sweet!

    by Horace Cox

    Count me in.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 1:09 a.m. CST

    Hmm..

    by The Bandit

    Look I actually really dig the talent in both Sherlock movies (Ritchies more so), but they both seem pretty wrong to me sadly. I dont see either doing all that well. Hope I'm wrong, b/c a proper Holmes flick would kick ass.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 1:13 a.m. CST

    that is...

    by Clarence Boddicker

    Perfect. Seriously, it works people.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 1:15 a.m. CST

    Is he giving up his crusade for global peace?

    by thebearovingian

    Or simply financing it?<p>Either way, I'm disappointed.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 1:18 a.m. CST

    I can dig it...

    by PirateEmery

    Then again, I like anything Holmesian.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 1:21 a.m. CST

    Casting sounds great

    by Horace Cox

    Let's hope the script is quality. Not sure about Ritchie though...

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 1:24 a.m. CST

    Jude Law playing second fiddle to Ironman...

    by marlow2

    ...say it ain't say Gigolo Joe. Jude Law used to be a leading man...I mean what happened? Did his balls drop off?

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 1:40 a.m. CST

    Gah!

    by DerLanghaarige

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 1:41 a.m. CST

    What the fuck?!

    by Strabo

    How the fuck did Robert Downey Jr. build up so much cred that he's going to have top billing over Jude Law?!

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 1:44 a.m. CST

    This will be bad, beyond belief...

    by wowsah156

    seriously, this has MAJOR turkey written all over it.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 2:06 a.m. CST

    Nice cast but...

    by Owen Taylor

    would it be anyway possible to replace the director with someone who knows what he's doing.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 2:18 a.m. CST

    Hmmmm - interesting

    by Samson_K

    I'm not a fan of Jude Law - though I did think he was a high spot in AI but this may work because Holmes and Watson have to be equally as important to the story as each other. Holmes is the brains and Watson is the heart. That's why I am glad that this isn't yet another remake of Hound of the Baskervilles because that story is one of Doyle's weakest in many ways.<BR><BR>Holmes and Watson are seperated for too long of the story and it would have been much, much more interesting if the hound had been a supernatural entity rather than the Scooby Doo proto-ending.<BR><BR>The best big screen Holmes and Watson, in comparison to the books, are to be found in Murder by Decree - Mason is still a little bit buffoonish but at least they are on equal footing in many ways. This casting is potentially good because it seems that Watson isn't going to be the bumbling idjit so fondly remembered because of Nigel Bruce.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 2:29 a.m. CST

    The best Sherlock Holmes movie is still....

    by IAmMrMonkey!

    Young Sherlock Holmes. That movie ROCKED. It had great villains, a young actor who could believably have been Sherlock Holmes, numerous demonstrations of Holmes' deductive skills, Moriarty and some great special effects! I love Young Sherlock Holmes!

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 2:30 a.m. CST

    Best version of Holmes and Watson is House and Wilson.

    by Galactic

    Nuff said.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 3:07 a.m. CST

    This Will Be Rubbish...

    by D o o d

    Guy Ritchie is a very well documented Panned director in the UK. He is absolutely rubbish without Matthew Vaughn. Guy is given credit for both Lock Stock and Snatch but I think you'll find that those movies are only good cause Vaughn was involved. The evidence is in the crap that Guy has directed since then. Vaughn career on the other hand seems to be rocketting and rightfully so.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 3:14 a.m. CST

    When is the last time a movie with Downey Jr was rubbish?

    by masteryoda007

    I cannot remember the last time I watched a movie with Downey Jr and it was bad. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is fuckin great, Kudos to Ironman and Tropic Thunder. I'm there.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 3:33 a.m. CST

    The Telemarketer

    by Horace Cox

    Yes. Next question?

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 3:34 a.m. CST

    Jude Law + Guy Ritchie = Shitfest

    by Steve Rogers

    Hopefully RDJ can salvage something for himself from it.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 3:38 a.m. CST

    Shit...

    by Bruce Leroy

    I'd take a Guy Ritchie "Holmes" adventure flick anyday over a Will Ferrel movie. Robert Downey Jr. as Holmes and Jude Law as Watson...count me in. Be glad it isn't Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 4:33 a.m. CST

    I have little confidence in Guy Ritchie...

    by depalma25

    ...but, fuck it... I'll give it a chance

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 4:42 a.m. CST

    The Idea Tree

    by Madines Sideshed

    Someone needs to find the idea tree and pick some fruit off it. I'm sick and tired of these regurgitated shitfests. Surely Downey Jnr can find more interesting projects than this? Surely Ritchie can find other ways to expand himself? Surely Law can just fuck off?

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 5:34 a.m. CST

    I would switch the roles

    by semisaj

    I think Law would be better as Sherlock and Downey Watson from a visual perspective...and who ever said Guy Ritchie is crap without Vaughn is bang on!

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 6:01 a.m. CST

    Hating this more and more by the second

    by Lost Jarv

    Jude Fucking Law. Yuck. <P>It's like they're setting out to do a bad Holmes.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 6:20 a.m. CST

    W.T.F......!

    by Gabba-UK

    Jude Law as Watson????? Nothing against Law as an actor as I rate him quite highly but as John Watson??? Has anyone involved actually read any of Conan Doyles original stories? I know Watson is quite the ladies man in the books but when you read them Jude Law ain't rushing to the forefront of your imagination as a template for how he looks. I'm still having trouble with RDJ as Holmes, cool as he is. Time and again Doyle descibes him as tall, thin, predetory and hawk-like. Unless RDJ is going to get made up to look more that way.... But the biggest worry is Richie. He's nowhere near as good without Vaugen and I don't think he's got the chops to do such an iconic figure justice.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 6:22 a.m. CST

    Am I too late for the hair-loss jokes?

    by CreasyBear

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 7:09 a.m. CST

    Galactic, I never thought of it that way

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

    but summarizing House and Wilson's relationship as Holmes and Watson is brilliant. Probably why their respective last names begin with the same first letters. <p> Now, I have to ask: was this your realization, or was this discussed at some point by the creators of the show?

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 7:10 a.m. CST

    Give it a chance

    by waites

    I honestly think this could be very good. I am looking forward to it.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 7:19 a.m. CST

    Box office poison

    by Blanket-Man

    I look as Law's filmography, and I see an awful lot of box-office underperformers and out-and-out flops (Sky Captain, A.I., Alfie...). "Road to Perdition" and that Jim Carrey Lemony Sticket thing are the only two that even broke 100 mil, and Law wasn't exactly at the top of the credits in either of those. Methinks he belongs as second-fiddle to someone like Downey. This Holmes flick will probably still struggle to make a profit, though.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 7:27 a.m. CST

    strange casting, short holmes and skinny watson

    by pipergates

    but the talent is undoubted, this should be great fun

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 7:29 a.m. CST

    Shut the Fuck up Donny: It's not just the first letter

    by chrth

    Compare House vs Holmes (i.e. Homes), and while I don't know if the creator ever said point blank it's deliberate, it's pretty much an open secret, even going as far as the drug habit.<p> PS: Moriarty is Holmes.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 7:29 a.m. CST

    PPS: I don't mean the AICN Moriarty, I mean the ACD one

    by chrth

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 7:47 a.m. CST

    Reverse the roles

    by bigmoney

    I think Jude Law should play Holmes and RDJ play Watson But it is still interesting and I would love to see it.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 7:49 a.m. CST

    by Flibbertygibbet

    Jude Law - the most slapable man in show business. Interestingly, Sienna Miller is the most slapable woman. Not that I condone that kind of thing, obviously...

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 7:50 a.m. CST

    hmmm...Ive nothing against the cast but thi could go either way.

    by RockLobster800

    I mean if they make it as a traditional, straight serious attempt to adapt Holmes with the Basil Rathbone spirit, it may not be a big box office draw, but I'll be there...but something scares me into thining itll be a fastly edited, mtv styles, LXG fused, post modern, winky winky, knowing quips a plenty, polished looking piece of crap....but as I say, it could go either way. Although Downey with an accent will be distracting (it was in NBK for me anyway)...and lets hope he branches out from the usual straight faced sardonic smart ass act...Its worked for the characters he's played in recent years so far, but I dont know if it'll go well with Holmes.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 7:57 a.m. CST

    Nope. Sorry.

    by Knuckleduster

    So far nothing about the choices for this project make any sense to me.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 8:16 a.m. CST

    They Might Be Giants

    by Purgatori

    George C Scott made a great Holmes, even if he was a looney. The ending was great. They need a special edition DVD of that flick. As for Law as Watson, I can see it. Downey will still rule this film. But Ian Heart is one of the best Watson's out there.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 8:20 a.m. CST

    Apatow+Ferrell+Cohen = suck

    by m_prevette

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 8:25 a.m. CST

    "Young Sherlock Holmes" was one of the worst movies...

    by Leafar the Lost

    ...of all time. I expect this to be a good movie with Downey in it as Holmes; however, I have a problem with the casting of Jude Law as Dr. Watson. Law is an overrated actor. He is an average talent at best, but as long as he isn't given too many lines to fuck up it should be okay.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 8:45 a.m. CST

    I HATE Reimagining already BRILLIANT material

    by cowboyone

    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is rolling over in his grave. I'm a Ritchie fan and Downey's GREAT, but a 5'7" yank as Holmes is just wrong. And the Holmes/Watson dynamic (and physiognomy) is so great the way it's originally written. It's a classic for a reason. We'll see.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 8:45 a.m. CST

    I think All you guys....

    by D o o d

    are overlooking Guy Ritchie. This movie is going to be a Turd because of him and not the cast. This is one case where I hope the Studio intervenes in his work. If you don't believe me, go see Rock n Rolla or the other 2 turds he made before it.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 8:54 a.m. CST

    Law and Downey

    by bigmoney

    I think they very interesting actors for the roles at least they have people taking about the movie already, so give it a chance folks.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 9:15 a.m. CST

    LeaFar the Lost, you are absolutly correct!

    by Drunken Rage

    Unfortunately, now you've made me remember "Young Sherlock Holmes," and that makes me hate you.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 9:22 a.m. CST

    Not Vinnie Jones?

    by GrandMuffTarkin

    Should I call you John? Watson? You can call me Susan if it makes you happy.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 9:25 a.m. CST

    I was hoping for Val Kilmer.

    by David Cloverfield

    Then scrap the Sherlock Holmes thing and just make another Harry Lockhart-Gay Perry movie. Fuck, release Kiss Kiss Bang Bang into cinemas again. It would kill now that RDJ is a superstar again.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 9:44 a.m. CST

    chrth, I appreciate the heads up

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

    as I was utterly oblivious to any of the cues you mentioned. And they weren't even subtle, apparently! <p> Jesus, do I look like a moron. Any of my English teachers who are deceased are probably spinning in their graves right now. <p> Either way, I now agree more adamantly that House is the best adaption of Holmes I've ever seen.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 9:46 a.m. CST

    DO NOT VIOLATE JUDE LAW!

    by Nasty In The Pasty

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 9:54 a.m. CST

    Of course House is Holmes

    by Jodet

    And Wilson is Watson. Holmes was addicted to cocaine, House to vicodain. Holmes played the violin, House plays the piano. Both are brilliant detectives who figure out mysteries no one else can solve. Both crave the thrill of the chase and a good problem to make the come alive. Not only that, haven't you noticed the numbers outside Houses flat? 221B.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 10:04 a.m. CST

    Zero Effect was great

    by Spandau Belly

    That's how you do Sherlock newschool.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 10:09 a.m. CST

    Holmes' addiction to cocaine...

    by ZeroCorpse

    It was actually heroin/opium. And I'd think Downey could manage to play that, for some reason. . .

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 10:25 a.m. CST

    Moriarty to play Moriarty!!!!

    by ludmir88

    that will complete the circle.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 10:35 a.m. CST

    Jude Law is great - but this is stunt miscasting.

    by ArcadianDS

    Holmes is an older businessman sort of side-kick. Not a gaunt young hustler with a joker grimace. Unless Law adds 100 pounds for the role, this movie = stunt miscasting.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 10:36 a.m. CST

    well they've just killed this movie

    by MrNotHere

    Jude Law sucks, and everything he's ever been in has tanked. Good pick Mr. Madonna.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 10:39 a.m. CST

    no no - THIS is how you rewrite Sherlock Holmes

    by ArcadianDS

    Hutton's production of Nero Wolfe Mysteries.<p> For those who aren't in the know, its a rewrite of Sherlock Holmes in the 1930s, and much hinting is made that the title character Nero Wolfe is the illegitimate son of Sherlock Holmes - but its never more than innuendo. Fantastic books, and very well done on the short-lived TV series.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 10:46 a.m. CST

    No originality left in Hollywood?

    by yomomma

    Then why don't you whiny bitches write a script or two? We're in the middle of a genre golden age, and all you mouth-breathing haters can do is complain every time a sequel or remake comes out. It's been this way in hollywood for decades, how many crappy Tarzan movies are there? When was the last time hollywood released a sequel like "Battle for the Planet of the Apes"? Thousands and thousands of movies have been made, and frankly there's only so many GOOD original ideas that can be turned into a film. So if these ideas come so easy for you basement dwelling mouth breathing psudo-CHUDs, then by all means, write a script. I'll go see it. And I'll go see my favorite characters back on screen as well. Do you knuckleheads want to live in a world without Batman, Bond, Holmes or Jason Vorhees ever appearing on the screen again, because they are not original enough?

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 10:58 a.m. CST

    Cool. Watson has a Alfie Vibe.

    by Underdogthe3rd

    For a 19 century man, he was a womanizer. NOW BRING ME MORIARTY!

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 11 a.m. CST

    Jude Law seems a bit too pretty for this

    by Charlie_Allnut

    He is a good actor though, and this isn't the worst that could have happened.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 11 a.m. CST

    I agree with BigMoney ... reverse the roles

    by Animation

    I think it would be better if they switched roles. As an aside, I think it would be cool if a film, such as this one, did a simultaneous shoot with a "duo" film with both main actors in each role as they shoot the film. Do each scene twice with each lead in the other role, and then release 2 movies (a la Kill Bill 1 and 2). It would be cool as a filming and as a marketing experiment, and I wonder if the 2 actors would excel or suck totally as they tried to bring a compelling or different approach. The competition and collaboration would be cool

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 11:15 a.m. CST

    Big Money and Animation...

    by Cletus Van Damme

    ...good call. My first thought after reading this was that the roles should be reversed.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 11:25 a.m. CST

    House = Holmes

    by skimn

    I seem to recall Bryan Singer mentioning Sherlock Holmes as doctor before the series aired.<p>I loved Downey in Tropic (anyone notice his Aussie accent very similar to Natural Born Killers?), but I somehow think an actual Brit would be better cast...but I hope to be proven wrong.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 11:26 a.m. CST

    All this House vs. Holmes talk...

    by Le Vicious Fishus

    Damn--Hugh Laurie, given his peculiar talent and physical appearance, seems born to play the quintessential Detective. At this point, though, it might be a case of typecasting.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 11:30 a.m. CST

    I don't know the age of Moriarty in the books, but

    by skimn

    how about Ian McKellen??

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 11:33 a.m. CST

    RE: House/Holmes Debate

    by MrClark

    House is based on a Scotish Dr. in the 18th Century which was the inspiration for Connan-Doyles work. There are alot of subtle nods to Holmes, the addiction, his flat is 221b, and if you watch the episode where he gets shot the guy who shots him, while never named in the episode is credited as Moriarty. Apparently he was given that name in the script.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 11:46 a.m. CST

    Doyle is turning in his grave

    by aversiontherapy2

    Probably being attacked by fairies.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 11:53 a.m. CST

    Sherlock Holmes and the case of the receding hairline

    by drewlicious

    So far we have one actual Brit playing a British character. Kind of like the opposite of The Dark Knight when I was hard pressed to find an American playing American characters.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 12:07 p.m. CST

    ALL FUCKING WRONG!!!

    by picardsucks

    JUDE LAW AS HOLMES WITH HIS SOMETIME MANIC REPRESSED THING MIGHT WORK TERRIFICALLY. NOT AS FUCKING JOHN WATSON!!!! SHOULD BE PAUL BETTNEY AS HOLMES RUSSELL CROWE AS WATSON DIRECTED BY PETER FUCKING WEIR GET IT YOU FUCKS???

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 12:13 p.m. CST

    What happened to the Russel Crowel rumor?

    by ricarleite

    Was it fake? I thought AICN has forbidden it.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 12:22 p.m. CST

    Jude Law? i thought he reached EXPERATION date.

    by future help

    i mean, we gotta' still deal with him in movies?

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 12:23 p.m. CST

    The Murders in the Rue Morgue

    by Sithdan

    is the only TRUE detective story worth bringing to the big screen.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 12:24 p.m. CST

    Moriarty is...

    by skimn

    ....wait for it...<p>...wait for it...<p>Madonna in male-drag.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 12:37 p.m. CST

    The Apatow version...are they actually thinking about doing a co

    by The Kusabi

    I hope to god THAT project dies a death. Oh and, Hugh Laurie ain't born to play anyone other than Gordon Freeman as any fule kno.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 12:39 p.m. CST

    I'd prefer Brent Spiner & LeVar Burton

    by Liberty Valance

    But seriously, this is the right cast with the wrong director. Guy Ritchie's "style" (for lack of a better word) doesn't mesh with this material at all.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 12:50 p.m. CST

    If Hugh Laurie is Holmes, then Fry as Watson

    by chrth

    Can you freakin' imagine?!? And heck, we'll get Rowan Atkinson to play the Inspector.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 1:13 p.m. CST

    Shut The Fuck Up Donnie

    by shut_the_fuck_up_Donnie

    Hey! That's my name! There's only enough room in this site for one of us. I challenge you to a duel!!

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 1:35 p.m. CST

    Great pairing of actors for Holmes and Watson

    by mr dark

    Come on folks there have been some great actors to have played Holmes and Watson on film together already..Christopher Plummer and James Mason in Murder by Decree. Nichol Williamson and Robert Duvall in The 7% Solution .. and of course Rathbone and Bruce my own personal favorites..Even though Bruce as a bumbling Watson is a little irratating they did work well together. I thought that Bob Clark's Murder by Decree showed the most promise for a revived series but the box office didn't think so..Oh yeah can't forget Peter cushing and John Morrell in Hound of the Baskervilles that was pretty well done too.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 2:20 p.m. CST

    WTF? The most wooden, rubbish actor in the world?

    by Damien Chowder

    My my.... Idiotic.. mr rubbish-british-man of the millennium. <p> Why not Paddy Considine? Stephen Fry? Obi Wan Renton? Simon fucking Pegg? Why pick mister craptacular? Do some actresses need some penis? Cos thats all he's good for.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 2:41 p.m. CST

    These guys...

    by codymr

    Ritchie, Downey & Law are no doubt great at what they do. But, I must say I am getting a little tired of feature films casting "young" for sex appeal. It's the main issue I had with Superman Returns... the film should have been called "Superboy Returns". And, according to the film, Loise Lane had won a Pulitzer?! She looked about 19 in that movie. I have the same feeling with this project... not that Ritchie should only do what has been done before with the material, but he should look at the ITV Jeremy Brett Holmes and his Watson. They were energetic, but middle aged and that gave them the air of wisdom.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 3 p.m. CST

    codymr,

    by mrfan

    I think Lois Lane won her Pulitzer for an article she had in Cosmopolitan. Something about triple sex orgies or something to that effect. I also agree with your points.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 3:29 p.m. CST

    Oh fuck!!!

    by mr

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 3:34 p.m. CST

    Holmes and Watson w/40-ish actors

    by skimn

    I thought the same thing. Is this a bridge between Young Sherlock Holmes and pick-the-book-of-your-choice?<p>And how about Without A Clue with Michael Caine and Ben Kingley? A clever switch with a poseur Holmes and a genius Watson.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 3:53 p.m. CST

    Best Sherlock Holmes movie ever is

    by crazybubba

    Holmes meets Sigmund Freud. Freud helped Holmes escape the clutches of his opium addiction after winning his own battle with his cocaine addiction. Drugs always make a movie more interesting.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 3:54 p.m. CST

    When you die, you get to come back as something kickass...

    by The Dum Guy

    <br>Like a dragon or Jude Law.<br>

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 4:13 p.m. CST

    I remember a Holmes flick from the early '60s

    by skimn

    that may be from Hammer. It was Holmes vs Jack The Ripper. Thats all I recall.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 4:23 p.m. CST

    Tired of Hollywood fucking shit up

    by crazybubba

    Everything about this is a little off to me. Ritchie seems out of his element with this. He's an action/gangster movie guy--edgy and crude. Holmes and Watson were smooth, intellectual and dignified. Downey and Holmes are great actors, but Downey seems too short for the role and doesn't have the kind of authoritative presence many of the actors who portrayed Holmes over the years had. Hugh Laurie would have been perfect for the role, but Hollywood suits don't have the balls to risk making a movie without an A-lister in the starring role.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 4:45 p.m. CST

    House/Wilson and Holmes/Watson

    by frozen01

    "Best version of Holmes and Watson is House and Wilson." Not anymore *sniffs* Last Tuesday's episode aside, couldn't agree with you more. BTW, with all the shit House said to Wilson over the years, why was Wilson's parting shot the only thing that's ever made me say "Wow, that was harsh"? Screw it, they should can this Sherlock Holmes idea and just make a House movie.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 5:18 p.m. CST

    Before Toy Story came out...

    by DoctorWho?

    ...I thought Tom Hanks would have been Buzz and Tim Allen would have been Woody. Boy was I wrong!

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 5:23 p.m. CST

    Skimm, speaking of Jack The Ripper...

    by DoctorWho?

    ...anyone remember the movie Time After Time where Malcolm McDowell as HG Wells jumps in his time machine to pursue Jack The Ripper into the future...San Francisco circa 1979 or so? Good movie.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 5:40 p.m. CST

    3rd Holmes movie. Sandler= Holmes, Spader= Watson.

    by Damien Chowder

    And for the art-housers Aronofsky director with David Bowie as Holmes, Norton as Watson and Bale as Moriarty. Four of the same movies in one go! It's never been done before!!

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 6:03 p.m. CST

    Ripper / Holmes film was

    by mr dark

    A study in terror 1965 with John Neville and a very young Dame Judy Dench..It is an excellent film...

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 6:04 p.m. CST

    Jude Law?

    by -guyinthebackrow

    Doesn't Warners want to make money on this thing?

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 6:18 p.m. CST

    Philip Seymour Hoffman

    by DRACULA_WANTS_THE_AMULET

    would have been perfect for this role. Dr. Watson was a fat man.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 6:24 p.m. CST

    Thanks mr dark

    by skimn

    ...

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 6:28 p.m. CST

    OK.....so who'll make the perfect Moriarty??

    by skimn

    ??? How about Ralph Fiennes? I know he's become the British go-to guy for villians.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 6:50 p.m. CST

    Jude will be great

    by bigmoney

    Hater to the left Jude will do fine in this movie.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 6:51 p.m. CST

    Jude is more like

    by moonlightdrive

    Sherlock Homes. Doh!

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 6:56 p.m. CST

    Just sickening

    by Logan_1973

    They continue to fuck this project up. Can they possibly cast anyone else who looks nothing like the characters?

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 7:45 p.m. CST

    Should be Kenan Thompson...

    by MEMEOVORE

    You know, the Fat Albert dude on SNL. That would make it edgy. Make it so.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 7:55 p.m. CST

    Drew McWeeny is the villain

    by zombiwolf

    I always pictured a more portly Watson, like Oliver Platt.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 7:56 p.m. CST

    Moriarty

    by zombiwolf

    should be played as George Steinbrunner was played on Seinfeld.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 8:08 p.m. CST

    Jude Law would've been better as...

    by Anna Valerious

    ...Tony Blair in that George Bush movie. He played the former PM on an episode of SNL. Still more believable than Ioan Gruffud.

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 8:36 p.m. CST

    Sean Bean for Moriarty

    by DRACULA_WANTS_THE_AMULET

  • Sept. 19, 2008, 8:51 p.m. CST

    Wrong way round surely!?

    by FILMFUNK

    the jude is a pud!

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 12:43 a.m. CST

    Sherlock wasn't a black guy...

    by BurnHollywood

    ...And Jude's too man-pretty to be Watson.

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 3:20 a.m. CST

    What weird casting choice.....

    by TheWaqman

    Jude Law is the LAST guy I would picture as Dr. Watson. I thought he would look something like Phillip Seymour Hoffman.

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 6:32 a.m. CST

    Come on, peoples...

    by seppukudkurosawa

    The best Holmes movie is clearly Billy Wilder's The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes.<p> </p>How can you not love a movie which features a scene where Holmes, commenting on Watson's journals of their adventures together, says: "Watson, I've never said 'elementary, my dear Watson' in my life!"?<p>

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 9:40 a.m. CST

    DRACULA_WANTS-THE-AMULET

    by Paul Bucciarelli

    Wrong. Watson wasn't a fat man. Try reading the original illustrated stories.

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 10:06 a.m. CST

    codymr

    by Orbots Commander

    I agree with you on SR regarding the young casting of Lois, but the filmmakers also got another huge thing wrong: Pulitzers aren't awarded for editorials, which Lois' was. They don't qualify.

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 11:17 a.m. CST

    I doubt Doyle is rolling in his grave

    by MrD

    He never took the character as seriously as his fans do.

  • Sept. 20, 2008, 3 p.m. CST

    I did paul but that was in grade school

    by DRACULA_WANTS_THE_AMULET

    too much has passed to recall. Never much of a fan anyways.