Earlier this year, his Victorian detective caper, starring Downey alongside Jude Law, stormed the British box-office, and at one stage over the Christmas holidays in the US even managed to edge ratings-juggernaut, Avatar, off the top spot.
Downey Jr and Law will reprise their roles for the second film but this time they are going to be joined by actor, comedian and television presenter, Stephen Fry. Fry is going to join the cast to play Mycroft Holmes, Sherlock’s older brother, who possesses even more impressive powers of deduction than the famous detective. Fry will be stepping into the shoes of the likes of Christopher Lee who also played the character in Billy Wilder’s, The Private Lives of Sherlock Holmes.
Also, The Guardian reports that there are further additions to the cast – and another British actor will appear as Sherlock’s arch-nemesis Professor James Moriarity. Defying the rumours, which had Gary Oldman or Daniel Day-Lewis in the frame, Jared Harris, son of Irish actor and sometime hellraiser, Richard Harris, will take on the role of the notorious criminal mastermind.
Whether on the big screen or the small screen; whether immortalised by Robert Downey Jr or Benedict Cumberbatch - it would appear that the stories featuring Arthur Conan Doyle’s legendary fictional detective, continue to fascinate audiences.
Guy Ritchie’s sequel won’t be released until next year, but if you can’t wait then TCM has its own Sherlock Holmes Week starting next Monday, 4th October.
Tune in every afternoon at 3pm to see the super-sleuth cracking crime in his own inimitable style. There are five classic whodunits starring Basil Rathbone, considered by many to be the definitive Sherlock Holmes and Nigel Bruce as Dr Watson in:
Oct 4th - Sherlock Holmes and the Hounds of the Baskervilles (1939)
Oct 5th - Sherlock Holmes and the Pearl of Death (1944)
Oct 6th - Sherlock Holmes and the Scarlet Claw (1944)
Oct 7th - Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon (1943)
Oct 8th – Sherlock Holmes and the Spider Woman (1944)