According to The Hollywood Reporter, esteemed thespians Ralph Fiennes and Hugh Laurie will be joining the cast of the Will Ferrell comedy Holmes and Watson. If you’re wondering whether or not this comedy is about THAT Holmes and Watson, you’ve deduced correctly, good sir or madame. The famous literary duo will be portrayed by Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly, respectively; once again reuniting from previous collaborations such as Talladega Nights and Step-Brothers.
Sadly no details have emerged about who Fiennes and Laurie are playing, just that they are expected to be bringing to life characters from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic source material. If I had to guess, I’d imagine one of them will be Sherlock’s brother, Mycroft Holmes, and the other will be the diabolical Professor Moriarty. Given that Laurie’s old comedy partner Stephen Fry played Mycroft in the Robert Downey Jr. Sherlock Holmes films, it would be kind of fun if he took on the same role here. That said, Fiennes has made it clear recently that he is tired of playing villains, so perhaps Laurie would make a better Moriarty. Regardless of who they are playing, both are fun additions to the project.
Production on the film is expected to begin later this year, ahead of a 2018 release. Sherlock Holmes seems to be all the rage these days. In addition to the two on-going TV shows, Sherlock and Elementary, we recently received a film about the character by Bill Condon (Mr. Holmes) and a third Robert Downey Jr. outing remains in-development. There probably couldn’t be a better time to begin taking the piss out of the character again, so here’s hoping Holmes and Watson strikes comedy goon that front. While I’ve always liked Ferrell, it’s been awhile since he turned out a comedy that I truly enjoyed, so it would be nice to see him knock it out of the park again.