Sherlock Holmes 3 is finally moving ahead with Rocketman director

Megan Davies
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From Digital Spy

After months of waiting for news, any news at all, about the next film in the Robert Downey Jr Sherlock Holmes series, fans have finally been given an update on Sherlock Holmes 3 – and it's a pretty exciting one too.

Hot on the heels of his involvement in hit films Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman, director Dexter Fletcher is swapping musical biopics (and fantasy musicals) for Victorian London as Variety reports he'll be taking over the franchise from Guy Ritchie for the third film.

Last year, Warner Bros confirmed that Robert Downey Jr would be back as Sherlock Holmes while Jude Law would also be reprising the role of Dr Watson, but the studio did not reveal whether Ritchie would be returning after he directed the first two films.

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Sherlock Holmes 3 has been in development for what feels like forever, but Robert Downey Jr's been a little busy with something called the MCU over the last few years, which has stopped him from channelling his sleuthing alter ego again.

Now that Avengers: Endgame is out in the world, however, RDJ can turn his attention back to Sherlock, and to his reboot of Doctor Dolittle too.

The franchise kicked off in 2009 with Sherlock Holmes and the last film in the series, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, was released all the way back in December 2011 and managed to take an impressive $545.4 million at the worldwide box office.

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One Sherlock Holmes star who isn't expecting to return for the third movie is Professor Moriarty actor Jared Harris, who told Digital Spy last year that he wasn't sure he'd be a part of any new film.

"I think they commissioned some writers to write Sherlock Holmes 3 and 4, I don't know what happened to that. It keeps popping every now and then. They don't talk to me, I've no idea what their plans are," he said.

"I think the last iteration when they last wrote a screenplay for Sherlock Holmes 3, Moriarty wasn't in it. So, I'm not focusing on it."

Sherlock Holmes 3 is currently scheduled for release on December 22, 2021.

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