July 10, 2008

Downey to Play Sherlock Holmes

Hollywood actor Robert Downey Jr. reportedly will star in Sherlock Holmes, a big-screen drama directed by British filmmaker Guy Ritchie.

Downey can now be seen in the summer blockbuster Iron Man. He previously starred in The Pick-Up Artist, Less than Zero, Chaplin, Only You, Gothika, Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang and A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints.

Ritchie, who is Madonna's husband, is to start filming Sherlock in October with Downey as the picture's titular detective, Variety.com reported.

Based on Arthur Conan Doyle's classic stories, as well as the comic book Sherlock Holmes, the new movie is to be produced by Joel Silver, Lionel Wigram, Dan Lin and Susan Downey, Robert Downey Jr.'s wife, the entertainment industry trade newspaper said.