'Sherlock Holmes 3' cast news: Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law to return; new writer named

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Fans grow abuzz after hearing confirmation that a third “Sherlock Holmes” movie is in development, and that actors Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law are set to reprise their roles as the crime-solving pair Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson, respectively. 

In an interview with The Short List, Downey reveals that the third “Sherlock Holmes” movie is underway. This is what the “Iron Man” star has to share about the state of the film’s production and his feelings toward it: “”We’re talking about it right now. We can do some preliminary stuff. … When we’re making those Sherlock movies it is off the hook. [So] we’ll attempt to make one this year. It really is a big deal to go and do those movies. I’m tired all the time, but I’m so excited about it.”

While the upcoming “Sherlock Holmes” installment will still be directed by Guy Ritchie, according to Deadline, producers just hired a new screenwriter in the name of James Coyne whose rsum includes scripts for “Puncture Wounds” and “Vikingdom.” Coyne is tapped to revise previous screenplay by Drew Pearce who was initially recruited to take the screenwriter’s seat in 2011.

So far, Downey and Law are the only cast members who have been confirmed to return in the third installment of the “Sherlock Holmes” movie. Early last year, Downey reportedly had posted on his official Facebook account a photo of himself with the caption “Master of Disguise,” somehow teasing about a third Sherlock movie prior to its eventual confirmation. 

It has been more than five years since the first depiction of the world-famous fictional detective on the big screen. The first two high-grossing Sherlock installments were released in theaters in 2009 and 2011.