Robert Downey Jr. to Kick Ass as “Sherlock Holmes”

Robert Downey Jr.

According to Variety, Robert Downey Jr. has another potential franchise on his hands. The actor has signed on for Sherlock Holmes, to be directed by Madonna’s future ex-husband Guy Ritchie for Warner Bros. Joel Silver is attached as one of the producers.

Holmes, which is based not only on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s novels but a comic book adaptation as well, will apparently feature the titular character as some sort of ass-kicking smartypants.

Downey emerged as an action star with “Iron Man” and “Sherlock Holmes” also will take advantage of his physical skills as the character displays brawn as well as brains

No word yet on whether his sidekick Watson will also display any physical prowess or if legendary fight choreographer Yuen Wo Ping will be involved. (Please children, I’m kidding. Maybe.) The film, written by Anthony Peckham (who?) begins shooting in October.

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