It’s been a fair while since we’ve heard anything about the upcoming Holmes And Watson, a comedy based on writer Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes novels. In 2016, it was reported that Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly would reunite, having already appeared together in both Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby and Step Brothers, to play Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson in an adaptation of the classic murder mystery story series, with a comedic twist of course.
Thanks to the success of their aforementioned team-ups in the past, both Ferrell and Reilly’s fans seem to enjoy seeing them onscreen together, and the hilarity that ensues as a result. In Talladega Nights Ferrell played the role of Ricky Bobby, a got-it-made pro race car driver who loses everything after a race gone bad, with Reilly at his side as Cal Naughton Jr., Bobby’s fellow teammate and long-time friend who winds up abandoning him and taking his wife. Then in 2006, the two joined forces once again in Step Brothers which saw the comedy duo playing 40-year-old unemployed live-at-homes who are forced to make a change when their parents marry and the families move in together. Audiences loved the pair’s chemistry, and many have looked forward to a day where the two would undertake another film project together. That day finally arrived two years ago when it was announced that Ferrell and Reilly would be appearing in a completely new Sherlock Holmes film.
Two years have passed since that announcement, but the studio now looks ready to begin marketing the movie. In its new 2018 fall film preview, EW debuted a first look image featuring Ferrell as Holmes and Reilly as Watson. Judging by the image, Ferrell’s Sherlock Holmes will be very in keeping with the iconic character’s familiar appearance, donning the classic Deerstalker hat and clutching a pipe.
While the the more recent depictions of the character, including Robert Downey Jr.’s take in the Sherlock Holmes film series and Benedict Cumberbatch’s TV iteration, have come down more on the dramatic side, Holmes and Watson provides a refreshing comedic take that could well draw the Christmas crowds out to the cinema for some festive fun and cheer.
Holmes And Watson opens in theatres December 26th