There is no doubt that Sherlock Holmes is the most popular period mystery action film in recent years. First released in 2009, the film by Guy Ritchie featured Robert Downey Jr. as Sherlock Holmes and Jude Law as Dr. John Watson.

Downey went on to win Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy from the Golden Globes and the film was nominated for Best Art Direction and Best Original Score at the Academy Awards.

To the delight of fans, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows was released in 2011 and both movies earned a combined total of more than $1 billion, making it the biggest box office success yet for Guy Ritchie.

But since then, fans were left hanging for Sherlock Holmes 3 and it has been almost nine years of waiting and hoping that the famous detective would make its way bag to the big screen.

The third installment may have been stuck in development for many years now, but we are finally hearing a release date for Sherlock Holmes 3, which is set on December 22, 2021 instead of the initial date of December 25, 2020. Here’s what we know so far:

  • The eponymous duo will still play the lead roles. Sherlock Holmes wouldn’t be one without Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law. Both these characters are set to make the big comeback a decade after the last film was released, and it’s expected to make millions in the box office yet again.
  • The setback gives crucial characters time to finish up current projects. We all know how busy Robert Downey Jr. became with his Iron Man and Avengers stint and that may have partly caused the delay in filming Sherlock Holmes 3.
  • The new creative team is ready for the movie. Although fans predicted Guy Ritchie to direct the third installment of the movie, Dexter Fletcher will take the director’s chair this time, as confirmed in July 2019. Chris Brancato the co-creator of Netflix’s Nacros was also hired by Warner Bros. to write the script for Sherlock Holmes 3. This seems like a fitting choice since Brancato is famous for writing The X-Files, Beverly Hills 9010, Law and Order:SVU and Hoodlum.

With the team and cast complete, Sherlock Holmes is expected to start official production this year. And fans eager to take a first glimpse at the movie that they waited 10 years for are definitely looking forward to a trailer to come out this year.

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