We've had an abundance of films and television programs in recent years dealing with the adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Consulting Detective. Originally created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the esteemed Mr. Holmes and his stalwart companion, Dr. John Watson, have recently enjoyed two feature films by Guy Ritchie (with a third on the way), a movie portraying the adventures of an older Sherlock (Mr. Holmes, starring Ian McKellen in finest form), and the television sensation Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. Not only that, but there's still Elementary on CBS, and HBO subscribers can now watch a Japanese version of the Sherlock stories set in Tokyo, called Miss Sherlock.
In case all of this Sherlock goodness isn't enough to satisfy your lust for all things related to 221B Baker Street, there's a new film coming soon that will play the Sherlock mythos for laughs. While all of the various iterations have humor in them, the film Holmes and Watson looks like it's going to be the most slapstick of the bunch by an elementary mile.
Take a look at the new Fandango exclusive trailer:
Holmes and Watson will reunite Step Brothers and Talladega Nights: The Legend of Ricky Bobby stars Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly as Sherlock and Watson, respectively. Not only that, it will also feature Rebecca Hall as Dr. Grace Hart, Kelly Macdonald as Mrs. Hudson, Pam Ferris as Queen Victoria, and Hugh Laurie as Sherlock's brother, Mycroft. Oh, and we almost forgot — Ralph Fiennes will play Sherlock's nemesis, Professor James Moriarty.
The film is directed by Etan Cohen, and is also adapted by him from the original Doyle stories. How closely he sticks to the source material is unclear at the moment — let's just say that we don't remember a Doyle tale that features Queen Victoria getting smashed in the face with a camera, Watson offering someone heroin, or a child saying, "No s**t, Sherlock." We'll check again to make sure, because observation is key.
If this trailer is anything to go by, it looks like Ferrell and company will riff on some of the more recent Sherlock stylings — Robert Downey Jr.'s voiceover observations from the Ritchie films and the Sherlock text-on-screen moments included. We'd be lying if we said that we weren't already sold by the casting of Fiennes as Moriarty, though.
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