Ever since Guy Ritchie announced he would be doing and new and improved version of the classic Sherlock Holmes tales with Robert Downey, Jr. starring as the pipe smoking (and sword wielding?) sleuth pretty much all we’ve been wondering is who they would get to play Holmes’ ever-faithful sidekick, Dr. Watson. Well, it looks like we may have our answer.
Entertainment Weekly broke the news and now Variety is reporting that Jude Law is in talks to join the production as Watson. According to the reports, he’s close to closing the deal.
This news comes on the heels of rumors that Russell Crowe would be playing Holmes’ friend and sidekick. However, those rumors recently changed to say that Crowe would instead be playing Holmes’ nemesis, Professor Moriarty. This news has not been confirmed, however.
We’ve also heard that British actor Mark Strong (Sunshine, Body of Lies, RocknRolla) is in the running to play a villain named Algernon Blackwood. The Variety story on Law, though, says that the role of Blackwood is yet to be cast.
I’m not sure if Jude Law is the “type” of actor I imagined in the role of Watson, but I’m willing to be open minded about it. After all, if the news of Law and Crowe hold up, this film will have an incredible cast. The things we’ve heard about what Ritchie wants to do with the story sound cool enough, but add in Downey, Law, and Crowe and you’ve got the makings of a sure-fire crowd pleaser.
What do you think? Would Jude Law make a good Dr. Watson? What do you think about a cast that includes Downey, Law, and Crowe?