After eight years of being on the backburner, the third instalment in Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes franchise is finally coming together and heading for a theatrical release.
Since 2011’s Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, fans have been eagerly awaiting the third adventure of Robert Downey Jr’s Sherlock Holmes and Jude Law’s John Watson after the gripping climax that saw the believed deceased Holmes to be revealed as alive.
However, since the uprising of the Marvel Cinematic Universe beginning in 2008 with Robert Downey Jr. in Iron Man and being launched into the stratosphere after 2012’s The Avengers, it has proven difficult to pull the Tony Stark actor away from his commitments to Disney and Marvel Studios.
But now with Iron Man seemingly gone from the MCU after the heroic events in Avengers: Endgame, it is looking as though Robert Downey Jr is readying to return to the mystery period action franchise.
Jude Law meanwhile has remained in work since the Sherlock Holmes sequel in 2011, not as prolifically as Downey Jr., however he has also joined the ranks of actors appearing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe portraying Yon-Rogg in Captain Marvel.
Law’s other notable work over the past eight years include portraying the villainous Pitch Black aka the Bogeyman in the 2012 DreamWorks Animation critical hit Rise of the Guardians for which he received an award nomination in voice work, as well as more recently taking on the role of a young Albus Dumbledore in the 2018 Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald as part of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World franchise.
With November 2021 being the third Fantastic Beasts movie’s release date but with no mention as to filming schedules, it’s only fitting that Jude Law reunites with Robert Downey Jr. for the third installment of a franchise fans have been patiently
Aside from the announcement that both leading actors for the movie are finally in the position to be able to commit to the movie, sources have also divulged information regarding some changes behind the scenes.
Namely Guy Ritchie, who helmed the first two movies from 2009 to 2011, will not be returning to direct. Instead Dexter Fletcher, who has made quite a name for himself in recent years.
Not only did he direct the 2016 biopic Eddie the Eagle about the famous Olympic skier starring Taron Egerton and then reunited with him in the recent critical hit biopic Rocketman detailing the early life of music legend Sir Elton John, but he was also called in to replace Bryan Singer as director for the 2018 biopic Bohemian Rhapsody which portrayed the life of the late great Queen frontman, Freddie Mercury.
No statement has been given as to why Guy Ritchie is not returning to the franchise, but Fletcher has stated that he intends to revitalise his franchise with a new energy.
As well as actors and directors, we know that Chris Brancato is writing the script for the third movie, whose resume in the past has been based on the smaller screen with credits such as the Netflix crime drama Narcos and the NBC psychological thriller series Hannibal.
Joel Silver, Lionel Wigram and Robert Downey Jr’s wife Susan Downey will all return as producers for the third instalment of the franchise as they have been since the first Sherlock Holmes in 2009, however Dan Lin is not returning for unknown reasons.
With a void being left by Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes franchise for the past eight years, attempts have been made to fill it with different interpretations of the famous literary detective.
Successes like the BBC series Sherlock starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman and the NBC series Elementary starring Johnny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu as a female version of John Watson, moderate attempts such as the 2015 Mr. Holmes starring Sir Ian McKellen as a retired Holmes and the 2018 Paramount Animation movie Sherlock Gnomes, then there are the critical flops such as the 2018 buddy comedy Holmes and Watson starring Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly.
Of course, Sherlock Holmes 3 isn’t the only project either RDJ or Jude Law currently have in the pipeline.
With Robert Downey Jr. currently finished with his work in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he can now focus on other projects such as the upcoming independent sports comedy drama All-Star Weekend which is directed, produced, written and starring Jaime Foxx.
His next big project though is the 2020 movie The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle where he portrays the titular role.
Jude Law meanwhile has the third Fantastic Beasts movie scheduled for release in November 2021.
Sherlock Holmes 3 is scheduled for a release date of December 22, 2021.
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