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

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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  • Tom Dearsley
    no deerhunter?
  • Tom Dearsley
    *deer stalker
  • It's Chaplain!
  • I can't wait to hear him talk with his French accent!
  • The Delightful Deviant
    i somehow pictured him keeping his goatee.
  • But he looks like Charlie Chaplain. That isn't how Holmes is really portrayed, is it?
  • Darren
    he looks like willy wonka
  • Irene
    PLEASE tell me he's in disguise.
  • 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.
  • Mr. Wizard
    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.
  • James Bond
    Why does he look like a tramp?
  • chrisUK
    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..
  • Red Buttons
    I am going to judge this movie right now based on a few Pics.
  • Level1Alt
    dang, they had a starbucks back then too
  • janet
    hmm not what I was imagining but I'll wait to judge.
  • Peloquin
  • LeftHanded
    Sherlock wore Nikes?
  • Hopefully this is just during break.




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