Robert Downey Jr. drops western for Sherlock Holmes sequel

Robert Downey Jr. as Sherlock HolmesRobert Downey Jr. has had to opt out of DreamWorks’ sci-fi western Cowboys & Aliens in order to clear his schedule for a sequel to Guy Ritchie‘s enormously successful Sherlock Holmes. Both movies begin filming this summer, and since Downey Jr. is unable to do both, DreamWorks is currently looking for a replacement actor for the alien-themed western, which will be helmed by Iron Man 2 director Jon Favreau. Meanwhile, although a script has already been penned for the Holmes sequel, Warner Bros. is now racing to get the movie greenlit. It’s been rumored that they’re considering Brad Pitt to play the villain, and though a director has not yet been confirmed, they’re hoping to get Ritchie back on board for the sequel. ~Alexandra Heilbron

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  1. Jo-Anne • January 13, 2010 @ 3:13 PM

    just heading out to see Sherlock Holmes now….looking forward to it!

    really like Downey/Law and am not surprised a sequel in the works due to current popularity of Holmes…

    not too keen on that Cowboys Aliens film but sci-fi amongst my least interesting film choice category….

  2. Shauna • January 14, 2010 @ 9:29 AM

    i like rd jr. sherlock movie doesnt sound good to me better then cowboys & aliens though

  3. Rachel • January 15, 2010 @ 3:12 PM

    I am so glad they are already making a sequel, it was an excellent movie and I loved the Jude Law/Robert Downey Jr. combination!

  4. Tracy • January 15, 2010 @ 3:34 PM

    they need to get someone who usually plays a good guy to play the villain, someone you would not expect, like Cristian Bale, or Viggo Mortensen. brad pitt may be easy on the eyes, but i find that he plays all his characters the same way lately.

  5. 879807897 • January 17, 2010 @ 3:30 PM

    I think he’s always played all his characters the same way. All kind of cool, cocky,cheaply comical…not the smartest….

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