Fans were stunned when it was announced the actress had been cast in the traditionally male role, but she insists the dynamic with co-star Jonny Lee Miller, who plays the famous detective, adds "a little bit of a tingle".
Chatting about her controversial casting at California's Comic-Con on Thursday (12Jul12), she told fans, "You have to be a pioneer and being a pioneer means doing things that are different and outside of the box... (Creator Rob Doherty) was really thinking outside the box... When you do stuff, it's not always to please other people. It's to please yourself."
Doherty also assured the crowd that a romance between Watson and Holmes is off the cards as he wants the show to remain true to author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's original stories.
He said, "It's a challenge of the series to not turn it into a will-they-or-won't-they (get together). It's not about that, it's about honouring the source material and the bond.
"When this opportunity arose, I did a lot of research - psychological assessments of the original characters by actual doctors - and Holmes struggled a bit with women... There are moments when he doesn't quite get the fairer sex.
"It made me laugh - the idea of 'What would be more trying than Sherlock Holmes living with a Watson who's also a woman?'"
The latest Sherlock Holmes update to hit the big screen didn't do too badly (nor, presumably, will its sequel, A Game of Shadows, this December), so why not give a modern version a chance on TV? "Done!" says CBS.
The in-development series -- described, just a tad vaguely, as a modern take on the Arthur Conan Doyle-created detective series -- is being written by Rob Doherty, who will produce along with Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly.
No word on who will play the title pipe-smoker, but if Robert Downey Jr. can do so successfully in the movie reboots, can anyone be out of the question? Maybe Ricky Gervais? At least he's British!
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WHAT IT’S ABOUT?
Claire is an attractive CIA operative and Ray is an M16 agent who simultaneously leave their Governmental spy activities in the dust to try and profit from a battle between two rival multi-national corporations both trying to launch a new product that will transform the world and make billions. Their goal is to secure the top-secret formula and get a patent before they are outsmarted. While their respective egomaniacal CEOs engage in an unending battle of wills and one-upmanship Claire and Ray start out conning and playing one another in a clever game of industrial espionage that is even more complicated due to their own long-term romantic relationship.
WHO’S IN IT?
Reuniting Closer co-stars Julia Roberts (as Claire) and Clive Owen (as Ray) turns out to be an inspired idea. They turn out to be the perfect pair oozing movie-star charm and electricity in this elaborate con-game that might have been the kind of thing Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant might have made in the '60s (in fact they did in Charade). Roberts with that infamous hairstyle back the way we like it and Owen looking great in sunglasses prove they have what it takes to navigate us through this ultra-complex plot in which no one is sure who they can trust at any given moment. They play it all in high style and the wit just flows as the story skirts back and forth during the period of five years. The supporting cast is well-chosen with juicy roles for Tom Wilkinson and Paul Giamatti (out of their John Adams duds) as the two CEOs going for each other’s throats. Giamatti who sometimes has a tendency to overdo it is especially slimy here and great fun to watch.
Big-star studio movies today rarely take risks and often talk down to the audience but in Duplicity writer/director Tony Gilroy (Michael Clayton) has crafted a complicated con-comedy that requires complete attention at all times just to keep up with the dense plot’s twists and turns. It’s the cinematic equivalent of a New York Times crossword puzzle and Gilroy and his top-drawer production team deliver a glossy beautiful-looking film that’s easy on the eyes hitting locations from Dubai to Rome to New York City.
Like any good puzzle it sometimes can be frustrating putting it all together and Gilroy’s habit of taking us back in time and then inching forward gets a little confusing even with the on-screen chyron pointing out where we are at any given moment. Stick with it though and you will be well-rewarded.
A scene near the end where the formula must be found scanned and faxed in a matter of minutes is sweat-inducing edge-of-your-seat moviemaking and it provides the ultimate opportunity for Roberts and Owen to take the “con” to the next level. Another where Roberts uses a thong to try and trick Owen into admitting an affair he never had is also priceless and gets right to the heart of the game-playing.
GO OUT AND GET POPCORN WHEN ...
Never. Stock up during the coming attractions. If you miss a moment of this entertaining romp you might never figure it all out.