Saturday, 4 March 2017

Ralph Fiennes and Hugh Laurie join Holmes And Watson

Sherlock might be grabbing all the attention (not always of the positive sort) right now, but let us not forget that there are other Holmes adaptations out there. A comedy take on Holmes And Watson, starring Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly (Step Brothers) as the iconic duo, is in development and now news arrives via The Hollywood Reporter that Ralph Fiennes (SPECTRE) and Hugh Laurie (Tomorrowland: A World Beyond) have recently joined.

This one has been in development for a while but finally started coming together last year. The cast already also includes Kelly Macdonald (No Country For Old Men) as Mrs. Hudson, Rob Brydon (The Trip) as Inspector Lestrade, Rebecca Hall (The Prestige) as Dr. Grace Hart and Lauren Lapkus (Jurassic World) as Millie, a young woman who boasts a mind almost as keen as that of Holmes himself.

We don't know yet what role either of the new recruits is taking, though surely Fiennes could bring gravitas to Moriarty. We would have pegged Laurie as Lestrade, but of course that position is now taken. Etan Cohen (Get Hard), who worked on the script, has recently kicked off directing the movie in London.

Fiennes was last seen in Hail, Caesar! (2016) and heard in Kubo And The Two Strings (2016), and is currently exercising his comedy chops as the voice of Alfred in The Lego Batman Movie. As for Laurie, he is appearing across the pond in US TV series Chance, and will be among the voices in the new animated take on The Canterville Ghost.

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