Thursday, July 14, 2011

Action Holmes

I was a pretty big fan of Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes reboot two Christmases ago (enjoying it even more then mega-blockbuster Avatar, which hit one week prior), so I was gladdened to know that a sequel was forthcoming, though even I didn't realize how quickly it was forthcoming. Here's our first look at Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, which (a la The Dark Knight and the Joker) ups the stakes by bringing the legendary detective's arch-nemesis James Moriarty (played by Jared Harris) into the mix.

Again helmed by Ritchie, the film is apparently (and presumably very loosely) based on "The Final Problem," the only one of Arthur Conan Doyle's short stories to have the two foes square off. Based on the trailer though (complete with intro from star Robert Downey Jr., whose current configuration of facial hair gives a hint of what he's working on right now), I'm going to assume that, like last time, the focus will again be on the Riggs-and-Murtaugh-esque banter between Downey's Holmes and Jude Law's Watson. Which is fine by me. Look for this one in theaters this December.

(Click past the jump for a YouTube embed, courtesy of Rich Johnston's Bleeding Cool.)

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