RocknRolla writer/director Guy Ritchie talked to USA Today about his upcoming Sherlock Holmes, to star Robert Downey Jr. Based on Lionel Wigram’s comic book, the new Holmes is expected to be more adventuresome and will take advantage of his skills as a boxer and swordsman.
“It will be a very big production, visceral and intellectual,” Ritchie said. “His brilliance will percolate into the action.”
The 2010 Warner Bros. release will be set in the olden days, he says, but the emphasis will be as much on Holmes’ physical prowess as it is on his keen powers of deduction.
“His intellect was as much of a curse as it was a blessing,” Ritchie added. “He was a deeply layered character.”
There’s word on the villain yet, but there will be a love interest based on Arthur Conan Doyle’s Irene Adler. Casting is expected to be finished in six or so weeks.