Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Watch: James Bond Is Back In First Trailer For 'Spectre' Starring Daniel Craig, Lea Seydoux, Dave Bautista, & More Watch: James Bond Is Back In First Trailer For 'Spectre' Starring Daniel Craig, Lea Seydoux, Dave Bautista, & More Terrence Malick's Next Film With Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara & Michael Fassbender Reportedly Gets Titled Terrence Malick's Next Film With Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara & Michael Fassbender Reportedly Gets Titled Watch: Jake Gyllenhaal Gets Bloody And Bruised In First Trailer For Boxing Drama 'Southpaw' Watch: Jake Gyllenhaal Gets Bloody And Bruised In First Trailer For Boxing Drama 'Southpaw' New Infographic Lays Out Canonical 'Star Wars' Timeline With Films, TV And Books New Infographic Lays Out Canonical 'Star Wars' Timeline With Films, TV And Books First Official Image: Jesse Eisenberg As Lex Luthor In 'Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice' First Official Image: Jesse Eisenberg As Lex Luthor In 'Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice' Watch: First Trailer For Arnold Schwarzenegger's Zombie Pic 'Maggie' With Abigail Breslin Watch: First Trailer For Arnold Schwarzenegger's Zombie Pic 'Maggie' With Abigail Breslin Idris Elba Replaces Jamie Foxx In Harmony Korine's 'The Trap,' Al Pacino, Robert Pattinson, James Franco Also Join Idris Elba Replaces Jamie Foxx In Harmony Korine's 'The Trap,' Al Pacino, Robert Pattinson, James Franco Also Join 10 Terrible Films Starring Great Actors 10 Terrible Films Starring Great Actors Watch: Tom Hanks Acts Out His Filmography In 7-Minutes On 'The Late Late Show' Watch: Tom Hanks Acts Out His Filmography In 7-Minutes On 'The Late Late Show' New Directors/New Films Review: Jia Zhang-ke Produced 'K' Is A New Take On Franz Kafka's 'The Castle' New Directors/New Films Review: Jia Zhang-ke Produced 'K' Is A New Take On Franz Kafka's 'The Castle' Viggo Mortensen Reveals He Turned Down Quentin Tarantino's 'The Hateful Eight,' Auditioned For 'Reservoir Dogs' Viggo Mortensen Reveals He Turned Down Quentin Tarantino's 'The Hateful Eight,' Auditioned For 'Reservoir Dogs' Watch: First Teaser Trailer For 'Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation' With Tom Cruise Arrives, If You Choose To Accept It Watch: First Teaser Trailer For 'Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation' With Tom Cruise Arrives, If You Choose To Accept It Jonathan Nolan Says His Original Ending To 'Interstellar' Was “Much More Straightforward” Jonathan Nolan Says His Original Ending To 'Interstellar' Was “Much More Straightforward” The 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far The 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far The 25 Best Films Of 2015 We've Already Seen The 25 Best Films Of 2015 We've Already Seen Best Of 2014: The 15 Best Movie Soundtracks Of 2014 Best Of 2014: The 15 Best Movie Soundtracks Of 2014 The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More

"All Manner Of Nastiness Has Just Occured": New Image & Details From 'Sherlock Holmes' Sequel

Photo of Oliver Lyttelton By Oliver Lyttelton | The Playlist January 14, 2011 at 2:09AM

Just over a year on, and we're still a little stunned by how entertaining Guy Ritchie's "Sherlock Holmes" turned out to be. Seemingly displaying the reboot mentality that's been Hollywood's curse the last few years, and coming from a director who hadn't turned out anything watchable in a decade, the film has its share of problems (principally the redundancy of Rachel McAdams' character and a sub-par final set piece), but the chemistry of its leads, Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law, carried the picture, and ensured it was one of the more quietly enjoyable tentpoles in recent memory.
0


Just over a year on, and we're still a little stunned by how entertaining Guy Ritchie's "Sherlock Holmes" turned out to be. Seemingly displaying the reboot mentality that's been Hollywood's curse the last few years, and coming from a director who hadn't turned out anything watchable in a decade, the film has its share of problems (principally the redundancy of Rachel McAdams' character and a sub-par final set piece), but the chemistry of its leads, Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law, carried the picture, and ensured it was one of the more quietly enjoyable tentpoles in recent memory.

But with "Sherlock," the Steven Moffat/Mark Gatiss contemporary take on the character for the BBC proving a surprise hit critically and commercially on both sides of the Atlantic, the bar's been raised for the upcoming sequel, but with some promising new additions to the cast joining the original team, we're optimistic that the follow-up can continue the success, and a set visit at Hero Complex has continued the good vibes.

The site has premiered a new image from the film, showing Holmes and Watson taking tea together, and visited the set in Didcot, England, where they manage to get a few new tidbits from the cast and crew. Firstly, the gypsy woman to be played by "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" star Noomi Rapace, making her Hollywood debut, now has a name -- Sim -- while the other new additions are also teased, with producer Susan Downey describing Mycroft Holmes, the detective's brother, who'll be played by Stephen Fry, as "stranger and perhaps even more brilliant" than Sherlock, while it's hinted that Professor Moriarty, who's being embodied by "Mad Men" star Jared Harris, is 'the world's first supervillain.

The plot involves Holmes and Watson pursuing Moriarty to Europe, while Watson tries to keep his relationship with Mary Morstan (Kelly Reilly) on track. The action seems to be still out in full-force, with the article describing a bullet-heavy set piece in a train depot, with Watson firing a Gatling Gun, although Law revealed in the current issue of Empire magazine (not online, page 80) that the occult overtones of the original film are absent this time around: "The beautiful thing about the books is that if you looked at all of them, you could divide them into categories. There were some that dealt with the occult, but this movie has been influenced by the ones that deal with out-and-out dastardly acts and double-crossing."

Downey Jr, who toplined a disappointing sequel in 2010 in the shape of "Iron Man 2," seems hopeful that this one will be different, telling Hero Complex "Look, I've done a sequel or two now -- I feel like I should be in a recovery group for sequel-itis survivors. First, there is a bit of inflation. Then, you say, 'We have to work harder.' Then you work harder, but not smarter." Of course, it'll all depend on the script, which this time out is from "Paper Man" and "Justice League: Mortal" writers The Mulroneys. The sequel doesn't yet have an official title, but it'll hit theaters on December 16th this year, and we'll find out then if it's able to match the original.

This article is related to: Films, Actors, Genre Films, Jude Law, Robert Downey Jr, Sherlock Holmes 2


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


Check out Indiewire on LockerDome on LockerDome

E-Mail Updates