I really enjoyed the first Sherlock Holmes film, starring Robert Downey Jr. as the ingenious detective and directed by Guy Ritchie. Today we have a new still from the upcoming sequel and some more details of the plot, courtesy of Hero Complex.
We’ve known for a long time that the villain would be Professor Moriarty, who will be played by Mad Men’s Jared Harris, and that there is an unnamed role for Noomi Rapace. Now there is a little more light in this area. Rapace will play a gypsy called Sim, who could end up being the replacement love interest for Rachel McAdams character.
The plot encompasses:
Holmes continuing his pursuit of Professor Moriarty, who, if the investigator’s instincts are correct, might be the world’s first supervillain. Watson, meanwhile, is still trying to be a good partner to his love, Mary Morstan, while keeping Sherlock alive.
There were some other interesting tidbits given from the actors on the set. Downey Jr. said:
Unlike last time, where Holmes kept getting Watson into trouble, this time Watson is getting Holmes out of trouble, and they’re both in deeper trouble than I think the audience could have imagined we could go…. All manner of nastiness has just occurred.
Jude Law hints at the difference in the sequel and the level of action involved in the film itself.
We have no intention of going back and patronizing people by re-covering the same ground. I think one of the most exciting things in this one is the fear level. We get pretty kicked around. Just look at the state of us.
I am genuinely looking forward to the sequel as the first Sherlock Holmes is one of the only Guy Ritchie films I can stand watching and Downey Jr. was gold in the main role. The sequel is due for release on the 16th of December.