You didn't have to be Sherlock Holmes to figure out that Robert Downey Jr's version of the iconic detective would be returning to theaters: considering the film made an impressive $516 million worldwide against just a $90 million production budget, the question wasn't if, it was when. Now thanks to trusty sidekick Watson, we know the answer.

Yes, Empire magazine is reporting that Jude Law, who played Dr. Watson in 'Sherlock Holmes' last Christmas, has spilled the beans regarding the sequel's shooting schedule, and all clues point towards an October start. That should give director Guy Ritchie plenty of time to meet Warner Bros. announced release date of December 16, 2011.

"It looks likely that we're going to shoot the second 'Sherlock Holmes' in October," Law said, but while he hinted that announcements would be forthcoming regarding some surprise casting moves, he seemed to still be in the dark himself about just what those new mystery actors would be doing in the sequel. You didn't have to be Sherlock Holmes to figure out that Robert Downey Jr's version of the iconic detective would be returning to theaters: considering the film made an impressive $516 million worldwide against just a $90 million production budget, the question wasn't if, it was when. Now thanks to trusty sidekick Watson, we know the answer.

Yes, Empire magazine is reporting that Jude Law, who played Dr. Watson in 'Sherlock Holmes' last Christmas, has spilled the beans regarding the sequel's shooting schedule, and all clues point towards an October start. That should give director Guy Ritchie plenty of time to meet Warner Bros. announced release date of December 16, 2011.

"It looks likely that we're going to shoot the second 'Sherlock Holmes' in October," Law said, but while he hinted that announcements would be forthcoming regarding some surprise casting moves, he seemed to still be in the dark himself about just what those new mystery actors would be doing in the sequel.

"I don't know yet where the story will go," Law said, "but there are a lot of Sherlock Holmes novels to choose from."

Of course, given the way the first film ended, it seems likely that Holmes arch-nemesis Professor Moriarty will play a key role. Since he only appeared as a shadowy figure with an anonymous voice in the first film (apparently supplied by stage actor Ed Tolputt), however, the role seems wide open, with stars such as Brad Pitt and Russell Crowe leader the rumor mill. Whether or not big names will lead to bigger box office is something that Law, for one, couldn't care less about.

"I had so much fun making 'Sherlock Holmes' that the question of how much money it would make just wasn't one of my priorities," he said of the first film. "Of course I was really pleased it was such a success but mostly because that will give me the opportunity to work with Robert and Guy again."

And that's a sentiment that all movie fans can agree with.


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