Is Robert Downey Jr. still on for third Sherlock Holmes movie?

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows dir. Guy Ritchie 2011

Another Sherlock Holmes movie would really hit the spot after Avengers: Endgame.

Who's interested in another Sherlock Holmes movie? If Robert Downey Jr.'s still on board then it's simply too good of an opportunity to pass up. When it was announced that the director of such modern classics as Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch would be tackling Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's beloved source material, both fanbases were understandably baffled. It was difficult to envision such an adaptation coming into existence, but nevertheless, it arrived back in 2009 to surprise us all. 

Downey Jr. isn't exactly the obvious choice to cast as the reputable detective, but considering Ritchie's auteurist approach, he was a peculiarly perfect fit. The film offered an accessible and fun revision of such renowned literature, and fortunately, fans received a sequel just two years later. Since then, we've all been waiting on a third. 

"I am Iron Man". This is arguably the actor's most iconic line because for over ten years this has certainly been the case. The actor portrayed Tony Stark in Jon Favreau's Iron Man all the way back in 2008 and has since starred in numerous instalments across the MCU. For so many years, the role has taken up such a considerable amount of his time that we've seen him in very little else. In Avengers: Endgame, he offered us proof of why that is; put simply, it's a once in a lifetime role.

Now that he appears to have hung up his helmet for good though, we're ready to embrace him in a range of roles. Initially, it may be difficult for audiences to differentiate the actor from his most famous recurring performance, but considering the character-defining parallels, Sherlock Holmes 3 shouldn't pose an issue. So, is he still attached?

As far as we can tell, everything is still set for Downey Jr.'s third instalment. According to IMDb though, Ritchie is only rumoured to direct and hasn't been confirmed. Despite this, it's hard to imagine anyone else replacing him at the helm, especially considering he's due for success with Disney's Aladdin and Downey Jr. has evolved into such a bankable star. 

The current release date is scheduled for December 22, 2021, so there's still plenty of time to make this appealing project the very best it can be. Hopefully, after Downey Jr's apparent MCU departure, the ball is firmly rolling on this one and Ritchie is confirmed soon; we're definitely hopeful. Honestly, after so long it's just great to hear that this is still due to go ahead, even if it is ten years after the last. 

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