Robert Downey Jr. will star in Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes. The drama is the first time Downey will go before the cameras since his blockbuster turn in Iron Man. Variety says Downey committed to the film, which begins shooting in October, after Ritchie turned in the latest version of the script.
Warner Bros. is planning an October 2009 release date.
The basis for the film is Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic tales, but also the forthcoming comic book Sherlock Holmes that producer Lionel Wigram wrote as a selling tool for a new take on the classic character.
The comic’s concept sees Holmes as more adventurous than previous screen incarnations and delves more into his obscure character traits, says The Hollywood Reporter.
A rival production, albeit a comedy, is gearing up at Columbia with Sacha Baron Cohen playing Holmes, and Will Ferrell playing his crime-fighting partner Dr. Watson. No director is as-yet attached. Judd Apatow will produce that project.
He is also attached to star in DreamWorks’ Cowboys and Aliens.