Update (January 6th, 2017): And it just keeps getting better! According to The Hollywood Reporter, esteemed British dudes Hugh Laurie and Ralph Fiennes—a.k.a. House and Voldemort, respectively—are also joining in on the fun! No word on who they’re playing yet, beyond a note from THR that “Fiennes and Laurie will slip on the shoes of two beloved characters from the Holmes oeuvre,” but honestly does it really matter, so long as they’re in it?
Nerdist has reached out for comment and/or confirmation but has not heard back at the time of publication.
Earlier (August 16, 2016): Some things just go together: peanut butter and jelly, fire and ice, Sherlock and Holmes, Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly. Thankfully, it seems, those latter two combinations are joining up in spectacular force to bring us the outlandishly comedic take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle‘s classic characters we had no idea we needed until just now. That’s right: Ferrell is your new Sherlock Holmes—and Reilly his Watson—in a new take Sony has so far dubbed Holmes & Watson.
Inspired by an as-yet-unnamed Sherlock Holmes story (or perhaps stories—but mum’s still the word for now), the film will see Reilly and Ferrell reunite following their Step Brothers stint on Etan Cohen’s second directorial effort, according to Deadline. Cohen was previously a writer on films like Idiocracy, Tropic Thunder, Men in Black 3, and Get Hard (his first time at the helm). Originally, the script was set to star Ferrell alongside Sacha Baron Cohen (but he had to drop out for unknown reasons).
We will update this story as we learn more.
So now we’ve got what promises to be a very silly and irreverent take on Holmes and his buddy Doc Watson, to live alongside Guy Ritchie‘s Sherlock Holmes (which stars Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law as the aforementioned duo), the CBS series Elementary (with Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu), and that little-known BBC iteration with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. You may have heard of it; it’s called Sherlock?
Somebody get all parties involved in a room, STAT. I smell a sketch afoot, so it’s time to release the hound of the Laughskervilles (oh god I’m so sorry for that)!
Of course if you want more details about that other interpretation of Sherlock:
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