Jude Law is Guy Ritchie's Dr. Watson in Sherlock Holmes?

September 19, 2008

Jude Law

We've all been anxiously awaiting the announcement of who will play Dr. Watson, the sidekick of sorts in Guy Ritchie's upcoming Sherlock Holmes movie. It was once rumored that Russell Crowe was in the running for Watson, but that was quickly debunked. Entertainment Weekly now claims they've finally figured out who it is - none other than Jude Law. We can't exactly say that this is officially confirmed, but EW says he's in negotiations for the part. We can expect this rumor to be confirmed or debunked within the next few days, but for now, we'll believe this is accurate, only because he seems like the perfect fit. Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law working side-by-side in a Guy Ritchie film?! What wonderful news!

I've been curious to find out who will end up playing Dr. Watson because I think it will be an immense challenge to stand alongside of Robert Downey Jr, but I think Jude Law can definitely pull it off and has the British nationality anyway. We mentioned previously that British newcomer Mark Strong was in the runnings for a role as a villain named Algernon Blackwood. Additionally, Russell Crowe was rumored to be involved as Professor Moriarty, but that hasn't yet been confirmed. If this news turns out to be true, then it sounds like the cast is coming together quite well: Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes will be made up primarily by Robert Downey Jr, Jude Law, and Mark Strong. Finally sound like a movie you want to see?

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I think this will turn out to be a strong duo for this film with Ritchie at the helm.

Andrew on Sep 19, 2008


With this cast, I am VERY excited about this movie! I think RDJ and Jude will be a great team, and if Russell Crowe as well...well, dang, I can't wait!

sheryl on Sep 19, 2008


Looks to be a great team for this project. I am looking forward to it!

Keith on Sep 19, 2008


RDJ reading the pgone book is a movie i want to see, let alone RDJ being Sherlock. I don't even care who's Watson, really.

Ben on Sep 19, 2008


I thought it was Seth Rogen and Will Ferrel as Sherlock Holmes and Watson? Well whoever it is, I think it must be said... Yo, Holmes! To Bel-Air!

Kail on Sep 19, 2008


Wouldn't Jude Law be more fitting to play Holmes, and Robert Downey Jr. as Watson? Jude is more cool and suave, and Downey can be naive and animated like Watson would be. I just don't see Downey as Holmes after watching him in Tropic Thunder.

Matt Suhu on Sep 19, 2008


I'm trying to remember a Jude Law performance that didn't kind of blow and can't really. Admittedly, I haven't gone out of my way to see films featuring JL but everything I have seen of him just appeared incredibly wooden.

Chris on Sep 19, 2008


Glad to see Downey and Law together, this will continue Ritchie on his road to riches...

Xerxex on Sep 19, 2008


@2, that's a different Sherlock Holmes movie. Plus I think it was Boren-Cohen as Sherlock.

Reverend on Sep 19, 2008


Good casting choice. Crowe is a good actor, but doesn't seem like a Watson, but lead.

Ryan on Sep 19, 2008


Freak'n Great! Ritche can work these two brillinat actors!

D-9 on Sep 19, 2008


does anyone remember the young sherlock holmes movie? what stuck to me was the scene where some guy hallucinates and thinks that a stained-glass knight is running after him. i thought that was brilliant CG work for that time.

Matt Suhu on Sep 19, 2008

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