With his MCU days most likely winding down within the next few years, Iron Man‘s Robert Downey Jr. seems to be lining up a range of projects to take on after his ongoing appearance in the gargantuan superhero franchise. Going by his current contract, the ..year-old star has one Marvel movie left in Avengers 4 (2019) and following that he looks to change things up a bit with Voyage of Doctor Doolittle, in which he plays the lead. Not all of Downey Jr.’s upcoming projects are brand new though as he is set to return as Sherlock Holmes in the franchise’s third instalment.
Directed by Guy Ritchie, Sherlock Holmes starred Downey as the famous detective alongside Jude Law’s Watson. Both films have been successful box office draws, having made a combined total of $1 billion, thanks to the combination of Ritchie’s handling of the time period and thriller genre, and Downey and Law’s hilarious back and forth interaction.
Seven years since the release of the sequel, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Warner Bros. has officially announced that the film series’ third title will be making its way to cinemas on December 25th of 2020. Downey is now confirmed to be coming back again for the lead and Law will also return to be by his side. It is still unknown as to whether or not Ritchie will be helming the project though, but if his two main stars are back that may be a good enough incentive for him to do so.
Numerous reports have indicated that Sherlock Holmes 3 has been in development for years, but finally it looks as though fans can rejoice with the movie getting the official go ahead and a slot on the studio’s release schedule. The big difference here will be in Ritchie’s absence, should he choose not to undertake the project, which could well result in a tonal shift from the previous two titles. Perhaps, given the time that’s past since the second film, that might be exactly the kind of change the franchise needs by the time the Sherlock Holmes 3 comes around.
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Sherlock Holmes 3 finds its way into theatres December 25th, 2020