You may have heard about this guy named Robert Downey Jr., who is only, like, the hottest thing in Hollywood right now thanks to the runaway success of Iron Man. Apparently, it's been a busy seven weeks for Downey since Iron Man premiered. After all, every studio you've ever heard of has been courting the guy. It's the kind of troubled-dude-makes-good story that Hollywood eats up. Especially because he's doing such a good job playing the nice guy these days.
Guy Ritchie, director of Snatch and wife -- sorry, husband of Madonna, will be directing an adaptation of a new Sherlock Holmes comic, featuring a reimagined, "more adventuresome and less stuffy" version of the detective than has been previously seen on film. Which means it could very well be closer to the original original Sherlock Holmes stories -- he's kind of a badass in them. I wonder if anybody in Hollywood has read them...
The meerschaum pipe, that is. As in, that's the kind of pipe Sherlock Holmes smokes, and Robert Downey, Jr. is going to play Sherlock Holmes in Guy Ritchie's upcoming movie about the fictional English detective. ...Was that too obscure a reference to make in the pursuit of a cleverly suggestive and potentially scandalous headline? Maybe, but I have no regrets.
The casting rumors are flying faster than the cars in front of 221b Baker Street about just who is going to be cast opposite Robert Downey Jr. in Guy Ritchie's upcoming Sherlock Holmes reinvention project. A couple of weeks ago Guy Ritchie denied rumors that Russell Crowe had been cast to play sidekick Dr. Watson, although it was quickly followed up with not-yet-denied rumors that Crowe would play Holmes' nemesis Moriarty. Now the casting rumor roulette wheel has spun again for the part of Dr. Watson and landed, rather curiously, on Colin Farrell.