Director Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes was a big success both financially ($500+ million at the box office) and critically (70% fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes) so it came as no surprise when news of a sequel broke.
Today we have good news and bad news in regards to Sherlock Holmes 2. The good news: we have some unfinished footage of Robert Downey Jr. as Sherlock Holmes (in drag), Jude Law as his faithful sidekick Dr. Watson and the beautiful Noomi Rapace (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) as the mysterious soothsayer, Sim. The bad news: you’ll have to power through most of it as you listen to the eye-rolling questions pitched by Entertainment Tonight’s Kevin Frazier.
Interview questions aside, there are some interesting things happening in this Sherlock Holmes 2 footage including why RDJ is dressed in drag then hanging shirtless outside of a moving train in a pair of women’s bloomers. Check out the footage below and see for yourself:
There looks to be plenty of fist-fighting and explosions in Sherlock Holmes 2 and as you heard in the interview, Holmes will have many more disguises this time around. Some people were critical of the way the “mysteries” were revealed in the first movie and rightfully so – the mysteries should have been the main focal point, yet they felt like after thoughts. Hopefully this is something script writer Kieran Mulroney (Paper Man) can fix this time around. Even with that minor gripe, Sherlock Holmes was a load of fun to watch, a point audiences’ generally seem to agree on.
Guy Ritchie, Robert Downey Jr., and Jude Law all return for Sherlock Holmes 2 and they are joined by Jared Harris (The Ward) as the villainous Professor Moriaty, Stephen Fry (V for Vendetta) as Sherlock’s brother Mycroft Holmes and Noomi Rapace as Sim.
Sherlock Holmes 2 releases December 16th, 2011.
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