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First Look: Robert Downey Jr. in Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes

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October 10, 2008
Source: Just Jared

First Look: Robert Downey Jr. in Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes

The paparazzi over at Just Jared have snapped the first few photos of Robert Downey Jr. as Sherlock Holmes on the streets of London. Guy Ritchie and his crew are currently shooting in Central London, although we haven't seen any appearance of Jude Law as Watson just yet. We've documented more than enough times that this a fresh new take on the character that breaks the classical boundaries that he was imprisoned by beforehand and this is our first glimpse. He still looks stylish in these first few photos, which is enough to convince me that Guy Ritchie really knows what he's doing with this character.

Downey Jr. responded to a question previously about what he's planning to do with a character that has been seen so many times before. "Clearly I'm going to do it better than it's ever been done. The more I read about it the more overwhelmed I was by the weight of it and the amount of people who will be watching to see if it's gotten right." And that is all beginning today with these first few photos! Take a look.

Robert Downey Jr. in Guy Ritchie's Sherlock HolmesRobert Downey Jr. in Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes

Guy Ritchie of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch, and RocknRolla beforehand is writing and directing. In addition to Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law stars as Dr. Watson, Rachel McAdams as Irene Alder, and Mark Strong as Lord Blackwood. I really can't wait to see more about this. Not only am I a big fan of Guy Ritchie, but the cast is perfect and the story sounds like it'll be a rather amazing modern take on the character. I've always enjoyed the classic tale of Sherlock Holmes, but this finally looks like it'll be the Holmes we've never seen before. We'll keep our eyes out for any more news or photos.

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Reader Feedback - 18 Comments

1

no deerhunter?

Tom Dearsley on Oct 10, 2008

2

*deer stalker

Tom Dearsley on Oct 10, 2008

3

It's Chaplain!

Brad Stephens on Oct 10, 2008

4

I can't wait to hear him talk with his French accent!

Valeriewriter on Oct 10, 2008

5

i somehow pictured him keeping his goatee.

The Delightful Deviant on Oct 10, 2008

6

But he looks like Charlie Chaplain. That isn't how Holmes is really portrayed, is it?

Mama Gaea on Oct 10, 2008

7

he looks like willy wonka

Darren on Oct 10, 2008

8

PLEASE tell me he's in disguise.

Irene on Oct 10, 2008

9

I cannot wait. That is going to be incredible to watch. Downey's turned his career around full circle. After slaughtering every facet you'd want to hit in a summer blockbuster, he's going to have no fear in taking on Sherlock. No mystery in that - hehe, awh that was lame - but he may be charging this role with some pretty heavy confidence after IronMan. Ritchie seems like he'd be able to steer Downey's unpredictability's and/or behavior as well, and who knows, may even getaway with directing him towards having some oscar potential. But then again, I'm going off those two stills... and starbucks.

Nick Sears on Oct 10, 2008

10

That starbucks cup and that outfit look ridiculous. The outfit alone seems a little strange to me. And since thats the only thing we can gather from two photos I'll leave it at that. Potential with ridiculous outfits.

Mr. Wizard on Oct 11, 2008

11

Why does he look like a tramp?

James Bond on Oct 11, 2008

12

isn't that Hugh Jackman? lol i hope this is a better effort that RocknRolla...that was a waste of nearly 2hrs and it didn't even have an ending..

chrisUK on Oct 11, 2008

13

I am going to judge this movie right now based on a few Pics.

Red Buttons on Oct 11, 2008

14

dang, they had a starbucks back then too

Level1Alt on Oct 11, 2008

15

hmm not what I was imagining but I'll wait to judge.

janet on Oct 11, 2008

16

He looks like one of those sad clowns... http://imagecache2.allposters.com/images/pic/FIP/PN-00019-C~Paint-by-Numbers-Sad-Clown-Posters.jpg

Peloquin on Oct 11, 2008

17

Sherlock wore Nikes?

LeftHanded on Oct 11, 2008

18

Hopefully this is just during break.

Ryan on Oct 13, 2008

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