Guy Richie, director of Snatch and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, certainly knows how to bring to life the cutthroat world of British crime, but it may come as a surprise to hear he is directing the latest Sherlock Holmes film.
Richie has never been known for his subtlety and, sure enough, he intends to leave his mark on the new action-packed, sexier Sherlock Holmes, with Robert Downey Jr taking on the title role and Jude Law starring as Holmes’ sidekick, Dr John Watson.
Ritche said that the film will focus less on Holmes’s world-reknowned investigative skills and more on his physicality and his expertise in martial arts and boxing. Not to mention showcasing some of his lesser-known traits, such as his drug dependancy on cocaine and morphine.
The Holmes character has been adapted numerous times, but this new film, based on the upcoming graphic novel by Lionel Wigram, vows to stand alone from other versions.
It promises to be more “adventuresome and less stuffy” and will focus on “more obscure character traits.”
The film focuses on Holmes and Watson as they attempt to bring down a new nemesis, Lord Blackwood (Mark Strong), and unravel a deadly conspiracy plot that could destroy Britain.
Rachel McAdams stars as Irene Adler, a female criminal who is described as “the only woman who ever bested Holmes” and Watson, who we are used to seeing as a bumbling, middle-aged man, has been given the gift of youth by the casting of Jude Law.
“He’s an army surgeon, a veteran, he is somewhat of a badass himself,” said Downey Jr.
Ritchie has, however, said that he will stay true to the original books.
“I really knew Sherlock Holmes from tape – I wasn’t a very good reader – and what I had imagined in my mind was not exactly what I’d seen previously on film,” said Ritchie.
“We’re trying to be as authentic as we can to the original Sherlock Holmes. We’ve tried to include a bit more Conan Doyle in it.”