USA Today has published an early look at the upcoming film Sherlock Holmes starring Robert Downey Jr. as the famous consulting detective and Jude Law as Dr. John Watson.
Reporter Susan Wloszczyna talked to director Guy Ritchie about the film. When asked if he considered that he might be asking for trouble my messing with a literary icon, he replied, "I didn't really think of the downside as much as I thought about the upside. I was a Holmes fan when I was a child. They are the first stories I remember. I also liked the approach the studio was coming at. To me, it was the perfect segue from small independent films to something more ambitious and quintessentially English. So I've got my cake and I can eat it."
She notes that many of the Holmesian conventions remain, such as Sherlock's keen eye for case-cracking details and a playful fondness for disguises. Tradition is also upheld. There is a mystery afoot, naturally, as an industrialist who holds sway over a cult of dark-arts practitioners and claims to possess supernatural powers is linked to a series of murders.
Of possibly more interest to potential theater-goers, the article also includes a slideshow of images from the film.
A companion article by the same reporter provides an overview of Downey as a shabbier Holmes.
The first trailer for Sherlock Holmes is expected to be available May 21, 2009. The film itself opens Christmas Day, 2009.
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