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No Moriarty For Guy Ritchie’s SHERLOCK HOLMES?? New Details Emerge!!

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The main villain in Guy Ritchie’s “Sherlock Holmes” will be a fellow named Blackwood, played by Mark Strong, a veteran of Ritchie’s “RockNRolla.” Dreamy Canadian Rachel McAdams ("The Hot Chick," "Mean Girls," "The Notebook," "Wedding Crashers," "Red Eye," "THe Family Stone," "The Lucky Ones") will play Holmes love interest Irene Adler, a character introduced in the 1891 story “A Scandal in Bohemia.” Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law play Sherlock Holmes and John Watson in the feature. The Hollywood Reporter describes Ritchie’s take on the project:
The concept sees Holmes as more adventurous and less stuffy than previous screen incarnations and mines more obscure character traits.
Find all of the Reporter’s story on the matter here.

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  • Sept. 25, 2008, 12:24 a.m. CST

    doodoo brown

    by Fat and Curious

    god Guy Ritchie licks

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 12:31 a.m. CST

    Are they gonna make Jude Law look larger with CGI

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

    He's no Watson. Bad casting.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 12:32 a.m. CST

    Brent Spiner as Holmes, Vinnie Jones as Watson

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

    Moriarty as Moriarty.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 12:34 a.m. CST

    Please dont make it a love story

    by MrClark

    Adler wasn't so much a love interest as a fascination for Holmes, if this gets in anyway romantic or sappy I'll be pissed. I mean Conan-Doyle goes out of his way to make it clear that the two of them weren't really in love they just fascinated each other. Also people need to stop picturing Watson as 5'6 250+lbs. Unless Stereotypical Evil Archer is talking about height in which case hes probably right as Watson should probably be around 6' and i doubt Law comes close.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 12:36 a.m. CST

    Kids from the 3rd world running through fields for Oreos.

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

    That's a messed up image right there.<p>Annoying adds suck.<p> Oreo, the sexiest beanpole tomboy of 2008.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 12:37 a.m. CST

    YES! Damsel in distress, Sherlock Holmes style!

    by YouAreAllMyBastardChildren

    God save the motion picture industry

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 12:40 a.m. CST

    MrClark, I always pictured Watson as a tall fighter, my bad.

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

    Vinnie Jones... not a good idea.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 12:43 a.m. CST

    Robert Downy Junior will be awesome as Holmes.

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

    Jude Law? That just doesn't make sense. Maybe I need to re-read some of those stories.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 12:46 a.m. CST

    Rachel McAdams as Irene Adler, in a bustier...Incredible.

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

    We don't need no stinking love story, but there's nothing wrong with a sexy Irene Adler.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 12:51 a.m. CST

    Nick Frost as Holmes, Simon Pegg as Watson

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

    Rachel McAdams as Irene Adler. Timoty Dalton as Moriarty.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 12:51 a.m. CST

    Eddie Murphy as the Hound of the Baskervilles

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 1:07 a.m. CST

    Moriarty, what do you think? Oh, wait he's not here...

    by The Dum Guy

    But, what would a Holmes' film be w/out him? A SHMINO!<br><br>Which reminds me, does anyone else remember that Sherlock v. Dracula script, that should have been made by Danny Boyle (imho).

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 2:31 a.m. CST

    Robert Downy Jr. Loves No Woman! More Than Once

    by Frodo T. Baggins

    Jude Law? Really? Ok...Hes A Good Actor....Just Didnt Smell That One Coming. Downy & Jude Are Sorta...One In The Same? Very Similar Fellas Wouldnt Ya Say? Should Be Good. Please No Love Interest. I Couldnt Bare To See Sherlock Giving Ma Lady A Deffa Herps...

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 2:55 a.m. CST

    "...less stuffy..."

    by Admonisher

    I'm not sure where, exactly, the "less stuffy" thing is coming from. Merriam-Websters defines "stuffy" variously as "ill-natured, ill-humored," "lacking in vitality" and "narrowly inflexible in standards of conduct; self-righteous; stiffly conventional; priggish." These are definitely not traits of Conan Doyle's Holmes ... nor do they strike me as being an accurate description of how Holmes has (generally) been portrayed on film. I certainly hope "stuffy" isn't being used here as a dysphemism for "British"! As for this business about "reinventing" Holmes as an action hero ... well, of course Doyle's Holmes was ALWAYS a man of action -- an expert boxer, more than capable in hand-to-hand combat; good with firearms; and ever ready to leap into the fray or put himself in harms way when necessary. I have serious concerns, however, about anyone who thinks Holmes needs to be "more adventurous!" I fear that what is REALLY meant is that Holmes ought to be more reckless, freewheeling, emotionally vulnerable and/or otherwise unstable ... a "druggie" in the modern sense ... given to comical one-liners ... perhaps flaunting a rebellious 'tude and way with the ladies. In short: NOT Sherlock Holmes. For the record, my reference screen Holmes are Jeremy Brett (in the Granada television series), Peter Cushing (in various productions) and Vasily Livanov (in the superb Russian series, little-seen in America). John Neville, Basil Rathbone and Arthur Wontner all had varying degrees of success. Ian Richardson was fine, but his turns as Holmes are greatly overshadowed by his portrayal of Dr. Joseph Bell, the real-life inspiration for Holmes, in the "Murder Rooms" series. I love both Nicol Williamson and Christopher Plummer, but I couldn't stomach their respective interpretations (Williamson I found too off-putting, and Plummer too emotional and un-Holmesian in his mannerisms and methods). In general, other portrayals (mostly for television) have either been merely serviceable or drastically off the mark -- usually as a result of following a misguided script or director. (Anyone who has managed to avoid seeing poor Jonathan Pryce in "The Baker Street Irregulars" should STAY AWAY!) Finally, regarding the inclusion of Irene Adler ... only once have I been content with the appearance of Adler in a pastiche film, and that was "The Masks of Death" with Peter Cushing, where the aging character was intelligently portrayed by Anne Baxter. As for this current production ... what news has been released does not leave me very optimistic. I will hope for the best, however, even as I fear the worst.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 2:57 a.m. CST


    by thinboyslim.

    Mark Strong kicks ass, has done ever since The Long Firm. This makes this film number 1 for anticipation in my book.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 3:09 a.m. CST

    Maybe Moriarty IS in, Young Sherlock style

    by theycallmemrglass

    As a twist end, a character may turn out to be Moriarty like in Young Sherlock Holmes. Wont say who in case you haven't seen it, and if you haven't, go rent it, its an underrated Spielbergian fun film in the vain of The Goonies.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 3:18 a.m. CST

    Young Sherlock Holmes 2

    by deanbarry

    Robby D, Jnr and Mr. Law are kinda young for the roles, yeah? Still focusing on the early years?

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 4:21 a.m. CST

    Sounds like they're not doing 'your grandfather's version'

    by Mr Gorilla

    Doesn't it?

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 5:33 a.m. CST

    Seeing Irene Adler is a nice touch, however.....

    by Gabba-UK

    It shouldn't be touchy feely type of love interest, that would be all wrong for the characters, Adlers and Holmes' 'Love' was one born from respect and admiration for what the other one was. Also the principle casting of this thing is just all wrong. Mark Strong does great villain mind you so that's a plus. We shouldn't get too hung up on Professor Moriarty not being in it. Those of us that have read Holmes (I'm about 4/5 through reading them all at the moment) will tell you that in the original stories Moriarty is very rarely in them, only two in fact, The Final Problem and the Valley Of Fear. He is a presence in a few more but can be thought of a spider who weaves a web of crime, to paraphrase Doyle. There is such a rich vein of bad guys that Holmes and Watson dealt with that picking one or making an amalgam of several of them would be easy to do. But the fact remains that its Richie in charge and I simply don't think he's good enough to pull this off. Maybe I'll be proved wrong, I hope I am because I love Sherlock Holmes and its great to see them making a new movie, I just have doubts about this film living up to the legend that is Holmes.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 5:40 a.m. CST

    David Bowie for Moriarty

    by eggart

    Dance Sherlock Dance

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 5:45 a.m. CST

    Once again...

    by Knuckleduster

    ... I'm just not excited about the direction they're going with this. In fact, I'm worried.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 5:52 a.m. CST

    I like that series on PBS

    by eggart

    where Holmes seems to have OCD.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 6:05 a.m. CST

    THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE - Fall 2009?!

    by brokentusk

    I suppose it makes sense, given the subject matter, but that's AGES away! Read the book at the beginning of the year because I thought the film was coming out around November, now I have to wait another whole year. Looks like they're pulling a LOVELY BONES on us. Bah!

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 6:27 a.m. CST

    I still hate this

    by Lost Jarv

    fuck me. Love Interests?

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 6:39 a.m. CST

    should bring pitt's snatch character into this

    by palewook

    as the villain..

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 6:43 a.m. CST

    Mark Strong interviewed on Radio 2

    by alfiemoon

    Mark Strong was interviewed on Radio 2 in the UK last week - he revealed that Moriarty would only have a very minor role, if any, in this movie, because they wanted to set the character up to be the main villain in a proposed trilogy of Sherlock Holmes movies. So my guess is that he'll be tangentially involved with the plot of the first movie, and will be brought to the fore in the second.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 6:47 a.m. CST

    "Mines More Obscure Character Traits..."

    by cowboyone

    Is a nice way of saying, turns Sherlock Holmes into Xander Cage from XXX. Kind of a shame w/ SUCH a great, well written character like Holmes.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 7:26 a.m. CST

    And he will be EXTREME!

    by Stalin vs Predator

    I can already see the proto-machine gun that Holmes develops quietly in his Holmescave. And get rid of the silly deerstalker hats and coats, Guy! The hip Myspace generation needs their Holmes in leather. Or maybe blue jeans.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 7:27 a.m. CST

    Or, as a certain 90-IQ genius put it recently...

    by Stalin vs Predator

    "This isn't your grandfather's Holmes! We'll be adding the 'graphic novel' sensibility to the classic stories!"

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 7:31 a.m. CST

    can we get a film version of The Adventures Of Sir Digby Chicken

    by RockLobster800

    thats just crying out for a major hollywood adaptation, I think Mitchell and Webb fans will agree!

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 7:34 a.m. CST


    by RockLobster800

    the word Cesar was missing from the title Sir Digby Chicken Cesar....I did not anticipate that :S

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 7:53 a.m. CST

    by Leafar the Lost

    "The concept sees Holmes as more adventurous and less stuffy than previous screen incarnations and mines more obscure character traits." I take this to mean that we get to see Holmes using cocaine in the movie. It was legal back then in England, so Holmes used it a lot. Downey is a perfect choice to play a man who is a drug addicted genius. Jude Law as Dr. Watson is a bad choice, because he isn't a good actor.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 8:24 a.m. CST

    Ed Norton for Holmes, Brad Pitt for Moriarty!

    by spacehog

    Wait, are we not doing that any more? Did we stop doing that seven or eight years ago? We did? Sorry.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 8:39 a.m. CST

    Doesn't this ruin the mystery aspect?

    by Diagnostic

    Now we know who the culprit is. <br><br> Bummer.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 10:57 a.m. CST

    I just got off the phone with Sean Penn

    by ArcadianDS

    he wants everyone to know that Jude Law is one of our finest young actors.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 11:06 a.m. CST

    Mel Gibson as Holmes...Woody Allen as Watson

    by Dr Gregory House

    Let the madness and jew-bashing ensue.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 11:11 a.m. CST


    by Tin Snoman

    This movie is fucked.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 11:50 a.m. CST

    Lots of cocaine

    by slone13

    Holmes loved that shit, yo.

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 1:45 p.m. CST

    young sherlock homes

    by hellboy1979

    remember it?

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 3:41 p.m. CST

    Kung Fu Sherlock Holmes!

    by Continentalop

    When Richie says obscure traits, I fear he means Holmes knowledge of "baritsu" and have him not be merely handy in a fight, but be a kick-ass martial arts expert!

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 5:48 p.m. CST

    Bettney for Holmes, Crowe for Watson

    by picardsucks

    You know it should be, directed by Peter Fucking Weir. Go watch Master and Commander again and tell me I'm wrong

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 8:22 p.m. CST

    Sexy Watson

    by bigmoney

    Jude Law playing Dr. Watson in the Sherlock Holmes movie, while remaining sexy doing so. I love Jude Law he will be great!

  • Sept. 25, 2008, 11:05 p.m. CST

    "A Scandal in Bohemia" is a nice short story

    by ludmir88

    and Rachel McAdams...mmmm. But an ass kicking Sherlock Holmes?, as far as I know he is quiet and metodic. And Downey will need a different nose.

  • Sept. 26, 2008, 10:26 a.m. CST

    I'm with Rocklobster.

    by Subculture

    Sir Digby Chicken Caesar deserves his own film, he's Holmes for the 21st century. Dun-da-lun da-lun d-lun...