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Movie News: Kelly Reilly to star in Sherlock Holmes with Robert Downey Jr. and Rachel McAdams

According to Hollywood-Newsroom, a London press conference today for Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes is confirming that Jude Law has been cast as Dr Watson, Kelly Reilly as his love interest Mary, and Mark Strong as villain Blackwood.

Law’s casting alongside Robert Downey Jr (as Sherlock Holmes) confirms that Ritchie’s version will be a sexier, edgier and more action-tastic take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s greatest creation. We’re also told that this Watson will be no bumbler, Downey Jr. emphasising his background as a military surgeon and war veteran.

Also added to the cast roster is Kelly Reilly who will be playing Mary, Watson’s love interest (the self-same Miss Mary Morstan who became the good doctor’s wife after the mysterious events of The Sign Of Four), who causes tension between Watson - who wants to marry her - and Holmes - who resents her competition for Watson’s affections.

Factor in the recent revelation that Rachel McAdams will be playing Irene Adler (also referred to in the original stories as The Woman, a wily female criminal who evaded the great detective in A Scandal In Bohemia) and Mark Strong as Blackwood (“a mysterious new adversary”) and it appears that Ritchie is creating something of a greatest hits mash-up of Doyle’s best stories. Read more here.

Update (10/2/08):

From ETOnline.com:

Robert Downey Jr. Promises Loads of Action in 'Sherlock Holmes'

ET was in London to speak to the stars of the highly anticipated blockbuster 'Sherlock Holmes,' starring Robert Downey Jr. and Rachel McAdams.

The Guy Ritchie-directed film, due to begin shooting this month, will feature Downey Jr. as famed detective Sherlock Holmes in a mystery that promises a fresh take on the classic Sir Arthur Conan Doyle character.

Read the rest of the article and watch Robert Downey Jr.'s ET Interview here.

Check out some Sherlock Holmes Pre-Production Photocall (taken earlier today at London, England) with Kelly Reilly and co-stars Robert Downey Jr, Rachel McAdams, Mark Strong and director Guy Ritchie below:

Sherlock Holmes Pre-Production Photocall

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View several more photos from JustJared.com.

Also, check out these HQ photos of just Kelly Reilly
and Rachel McAdams below:

Don't Kelly and Rachel look gorgeous?

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[source: The Fashion Spot | Celebutopia.net]



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