Robert Downey Jr new role

Robert Downey Jr set to play Sherlock Holmes

Despite the recent furore over the state of his marriage, Guy Ritchie has still set aside time for work – and he’s picked Robert Downey Jr to take the lead role in his new movie about famous detective Sherlock Holmes.

The new film, which begins shooting in October, will give the Victorian character a gangland makeover in typical Ritchie style.

The Iron Man star will give Sacha Baron Cohen a run for his money – the Ali G star is also set to play the character in Judd Apatow’s separate comedic version, which will also star Will Ferrell as Holmes’ sidekick Dr Watson.

According to the Guardian, the two films are set to be completely different, with Ritchie focusing on Holmes’ skills as a boxer and a swordsman, and Appatow planning a riotous camped-up project.

Downey Jr was reportedly brought on board Ritchie’s production by his wife, Susan, who is a producer on the British director’s latest gangster thriller, Rocknrolla. The Iron Man star apparently read the script during a visit to the Rocknrolla shoot and expressed an interest in playing thr lead.

Look like there’s going to be big box office showdown in 2009.

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