Robert Downey Jr. To Play Sherlock Holmes in Guy Ritchie’s Version


I guess it’s pretty much official… Robert Downey Jr. has fully restored himself to his former glory, and has arguably rejoined the ranks of A-list actors in Hollywood once again. There was a period during the late 90’s and early 2000’s, where he kind of dropped off the map for a while due to his drug addiction problems, but now he is back and scoring some of the biggest roles of his career thanks to the massive success of Iron Man. This week it was announced that he will be taking on another iconic role as he steps into the shoes of Sherlock Holmes for the Guy Ritchie-directed action-drama. No word yet on who will play his trusty sidekick Watson.

Ritchie’s serious Sherlock Holmes flick will be going head to head with the Sacha Baron Cohen/Will Ferrell comedy, so now it’s a race to see who can get into theatres first. Strangely, I think Robert Downey Jr. could do a great comedic version of Sherlock Holmes as well. Apparently Ritchie will “take advantage of his physical skills as the character displays brawn as well as brains”, and while I do like Robert Downey Jr. quite a bit, I’m not sure he’s the guy I expected to see in this role. I wonder if they’re going to play up Sherlock Holmes’ drug use in this movie (yes, he supposedly dabbled with morphine and cocaine in the books). The one complaint that I think a lot of people might have is the fact that he’s not British. I suppose you can always put on an accent, but that is definitely a key component of the Sherlock Holmes character in my opinion. What do you think, is Robert Downey Jr. the right man for the job here? Which Sherlock Holmes movie are you looking forward to more?

  • Matt

    I’m having a bad feeling about this movie. Like the studio will end up interfering way too much and/or they will unsuccessfully try to differentiate it from the Ferrel/Cohen comedic version and completely mess it up. I also feel like Ritchie will fail to find a voice for this film and will make a completly generic mystery movie. I certainly hope that I’m wrong, because I like Ritchie and Downey. But as of right now I’m more excited about Ferrel/Cohen comedy. At least they have an Englishman playing Holmes.

  • Ryan M.

    Yeah, I agree. Richie hasn’t been turning in great work. I’m much more on board with the Cohen thing.