Robert Downey Jr. to star in 'Sherlock Holmes 3' after leaving MCU

Robert Downey Jr. said he would star in "Sherlock Holmes 3" although the project had been delayed for seven years.

In a recent interview with EW, Robert Downey Jr. revealed he still had plans to join Sherlock Holmes 3. “We are still working on a new Sherlock Holmes. In addition, we also want to reboot Perry Mason movie for HBO. It is very exciting to have many projects ahead. " 

As originally planned, Sherlock Holmes 3 was produced in 2016. Warner Bros. first announced the project in 2011. At that time, Drew Pearce of Iron Man 3 was recruited and responsible for the screenplay. 

Robert Downey Jr. is eager to take the role of detective Sherlock Holmes for the third time. Picture: Warner Bros. 

However, Sherlock Holmes 3 has been delayed for various reasons. That Robert Downey Jr. confirmed that he still had plans to star in this film is considerd a good sign for the fans of the famed British detective series. 

Prior to that, in 2016, Warner Bros., Village Roadshow and Iron Man actor’s Team Downey studio teamed up with a number of talented screenwriters to come up with ideas and create the content for Sherlock Holmes 3. 

This team of screenwriters included Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy), Justin Malen (Baywatch), Gary Whitta (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), Geneva Dworet-Robertson (Tomb Raider) and Kieran Fizgerald (Snowden). However, then each of them was busy with different movie projects. 

After the Iron Man blockbuster in 2008 opened the Marvel Cinema (MCU), it came as a surprise when Robert Downey Jr. played Detective Sherlock Holmes in director Guy Ritchie's film in 2009. Three years later, Sherlock Holmes 2 was released. 

Audiences are looking forward to the reunion of Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law. Picture: Warner Bros. 

Although not receiving as much praise from critics as the first episode, it still gained great revenue. The two parts of Sherlock Holmes grossed over $ 1 billion in the global box office. 

Over the past five years, information about Sherlock Holmes 3 has been featured on the press, but Robert Downey Jr.'s tight schedule is the reason why the movie project about the talented detective has not been carried out. 

However, Robert Downey Jr.’s contract with Marvel is going to be expired after the two parts Avengers 3 & 4. Therefore, fans of Sherlock Holmes fans can expect the film will soon be produced. 

Director Guy Ritchie is likely to once again be the director of the third installment of Sherlock Holmes. Photo: Warner Bros. 

By: Christina Baker

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