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Sherlock Holmes 2 gets a release date, Rachel McAdams to return but not as a lead

05.27.2010

SHERLOCK HOLMES was one of the big surprise hits of last year (further solidifying Robert Downey Jr. as THE A-list movie star working today), so it makes sense that everyone involved scrambled to get the ball moving on its sequel (so much so that RDJ had to back out of Jon Favreau's COWBOYS & ALIENS earlier this year).

Now, THR's Heat Vision is reporting on WB's upcoming slate of films and their release dates, and in it they're saying SHERLOCK HOLMES 2: HOLMES HARDER has been set for a December 16, 2011 release (there's also confirmation on BATMAN 3's July 20, 2012 release as well as "holiday season 2012" for the SUPERMAN reboot, the first we're seeing something for that film I believe).

But will our heroes from the first film be returning for the second go? Yes and no.

RDJ will be back as the titular detective as will Jude Law as his loyal Watson. But in talking to SCI FI Wire about HOLMES 2, Hollywood super producer Joel Silver was asked whether or not the lovely Rachel McAdams would be returning. Silver simply responded, "She'll be present." SCI FI Wire says McAdams will not be the female lead in the sequel.

So what actress can we expect to see donning the corset? As much as I like McAdams (and I really do), it pains me to say that she was one of the film's lesser elements. Who do you guys feel would fit the bill? Lots of speculation is already underway as to who could possibly play the sequel's villain, Holmes' arch-nemesis Moriarty. One name that's been getting tossed around a lot has been Brad Pitt's. Yay? Nay? Let's hear those casting thoughts, folks!
Extra Tidbit: I dug SHERLOCK HOLMES a lot, but was severely disappointed that whatever scene THIS came from was left on the cutting room floor.

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2:07PM on 05/29/2010
HOLMES HARDER? That sounds like gay porn. McAdams didn't add much to the 1st film, I won't miss her if she hardly appears in the sequel.
HOLMES HARDER? That sounds like gay porn. McAdams didn't add much to the 1st film, I won't miss her if she hardly appears in the sequel.
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7:25AM on 05/29/2010
Rachel McAdams deserves better.
Rachel McAdams deserves better.
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12:12PM on 05/28/2010
McAdams could be the new bad guy... bad girl.
McAdams could be the new bad guy... bad girl.
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2:02PM on 05/29/2010
Irene Adler a bad guy? Seriously?!?
Irene Adler a bad guy? Seriously?!?
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11:46AM on 05/28/2010
They should have Jude Law and McAdams kidnapped and call it "Holmes Alone"
They should have Jude Law and McAdams kidnapped and call it "Holmes Alone"
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12:52PM on 05/28/2010
WICKED AWESOME!
WICKED AWESOME!
7:13AM on 05/28/2010

Loved it

I honestly love this movie. Twice at the cinema and numerous times on bluray already. Can't wait - very good news that it's happening. Brad would be cool as Moriarty, I suppose, but someone who totally stinks of intelligence naturally would seem more apt, nothing against Brad. Day Lewis is ideal, never happen, however.
I honestly love this movie. Twice at the cinema and numerous times on bluray already. Can't wait - very good news that it's happening. Brad would be cool as Moriarty, I suppose, but someone who totally stinks of intelligence naturally would seem more apt, nothing against Brad. Day Lewis is ideal, never happen, however.
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3:43AM on 05/28/2010
To the user below...

No great chemistry between the actors? Were you even watching the same film? RDJ and Jude Law were fantastic together...and it was their bantering back and forth that made the film work as well as it did.
To the user below...

No great chemistry between the actors? Were you even watching the same film? RDJ and Jude Law were fantastic together...and it was their bantering back and forth that made the film work as well as it did.
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3:47AM on 05/28/2010
I meant especially between RDJ and McAdams.Jude Law was just the little sidekick. Watch it again and tell me you still like it...
I meant especially between RDJ and McAdams.Jude Law was just the little sidekick. Watch it again and tell me you still like it...
3:09AM on 05/28/2010

Hated it

I hated this movie. It was a CGI Overkill, had no spirit of Sherlock Holmes, there was no great Chemistry between the actors and I was bored watching it. Reminded me of Van Helsing. Sorry but Van Helsing and Sherlock Holmes don't mix! (The boat scene and the final battle? - Ridiculous!) And for a Sherlock Holmes movie it was not very clever either...
I hated this movie. It was a CGI Overkill, had no spirit of Sherlock Holmes, there was no great Chemistry between the actors and I was bored watching it. Reminded me of Van Helsing. Sorry but Van Helsing and Sherlock Holmes don't mix! (The boat scene and the final battle? - Ridiculous!) And for a Sherlock Holmes movie it was not very clever either...
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10:58PM on 05/27/2010

If not McAdams...

Maybe Naomi Watts, Kate Winslet, or Julianne Moore for the female lead.
Maybe Naomi Watts, Kate Winslet, or Julianne Moore for the female lead.
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10:17PM on 05/27/2010
I personally think Holmes Harder would be a great subtitle, though I doubt it is the official one.
I personally think Holmes Harder would be a great subtitle, though I doubt it is the official one.
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9:47PM on 05/27/2010
McAdams felt terribly out of the place in the movie. So I think it will work out well.
McAdams felt terribly out of the place in the movie. So I think it will work out well.
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9:43PM on 05/27/2010
I really didn't like Sherlock Holmes. For a movie with so much action, I found it rather slow. I'm kind glad this frees up Rachel to make some, ya know, good movies.
I really didn't like Sherlock Holmes. For a movie with so much action, I found it rather slow. I'm kind glad this frees up Rachel to make some, ya know, good movies.
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1:14AM on 05/28/2010
what were u expecting frm a holmes movies boom boom boom!!!
what were u expecting frm a holmes movies boom boom boom!!!
9:18PM on 05/27/2010
Sherlock Holmes was a great movie and McAdams was one of the best parts of the original. Can't wait for the sequel and can't wait to see who they cast as the villian...Hugh Laurie perhaps?
Sherlock Holmes was a great movie and McAdams was one of the best parts of the original. Can't wait for the sequel and can't wait to see who they cast as the villian...Hugh Laurie perhaps?
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9:20PM on 05/27/2010
Hell yes, Hugh Laurie would be great, actually he should've been cast as Holmes, he is at least British.
Hell yes, Hugh Laurie would be great, actually he should've been cast as Holmes, he is at least British.
10:41AM on 05/28/2010
I don't know why but I keep thinking of Frank Langella as Moriarty
I don't know why but I keep thinking of Frank Langella as Moriarty
8:53PM on 05/27/2010
They'd...better remove the "Holmes Harder" bit. Like that should just have been a JOKE...not a serious subtitle. (Tagline, sure, whatever, but SUBTITLE? No. Just no.)
They'd...better remove the "Holmes Harder" bit. Like that should just have been a JOKE...not a serious subtitle. (Tagline, sure, whatever, but SUBTITLE? No. Just no.)
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8:47PM on 05/27/2010
Wait, Bats AND Supes in the same year. Pleasure overload, pleasure overload....passed out on the floor!!!
Oh and I'll see Sherlock Holmes 2 although I thought the last 30 minutes of the original weren't that great.
Wait, Bats AND Supes in the same year. Pleasure overload, pleasure overload....passed out on the floor!!!
Oh and I'll see Sherlock Holmes 2 although I thought the last 30 minutes of the original weren't that great.
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9:06PM on 05/27/2010
eeeeeeeeeeeeeeee < This should be a Lot longer but it open's a link somewhere (perhap's to the Phantom zone?)
eeeeeeeeeeeeeeee < This should be a Lot longer but it open's a link somewhere (perhap's to the Phantom zone?)
9:13PM on 05/27/2010
I know it's like a dream. So is Jonah directing Supes then? Thats word round the campfire....
I know it's like a dream. So is Jonah directing Supes then? Thats word round the campfire....
10:01PM on 05/27/2010
Last I heard and I hope is still the plan cause I don't think Chris would fire his little brother but then again I have a little brother and someday's you just wanna errrr. But at least ya get ta fart on their head sometimes.
Last I heard and I hope is still the plan cause I don't think Chris would fire his little brother but then again I have a little brother and someday's you just wanna errrr. But at least ya get ta fart on their head sometimes.
10:30PM on 05/27/2010
It's best when they're asleep though then they wake up with a funny taste in their mouths haha
It's best when they're asleep though then they wake up with a funny taste in their mouths haha
8:42PM on 05/27/2010

Rachel Weisz please

It was predictable that a new female lead would be introduced in the sequel, but here's hoping Brad Pitt is not Moriarty, I would prefer someone older with a villainous personality; preferably Alan Rickman, Ralph Fiennes, or Gary Oldman.
It was predictable that a new female lead would be introduced in the sequel, but here's hoping Brad Pitt is not Moriarty, I would prefer someone older with a villainous personality; preferably Alan Rickman, Ralph Fiennes, or Gary Oldman.
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8:37PM on 05/27/2010

Superman and Batman year, WOW

I think it would have been the coolest thing to have Batman and Superman both the same summer. Obviously, it will get studios more money this way. The first Reeve's SUPERMAN film was released in Holiday Season also.
I think it would have been the coolest thing to have Batman and Superman both the same summer. Obviously, it will get studios more money this way. The first Reeve's SUPERMAN film was released in Holiday Season also.
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8:19PM on 05/27/2010

2012 IS GONNA ROCK

Racheal McAdam's for Lois Lane, I liked Sherlock Holmes so a sequel should be cool RDJ is on a hot streak.
Racheal McAdam's for Lois Lane, I liked Sherlock Holmes so a sequel should be cool RDJ is on a hot streak.
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10:56PM on 05/27/2010
McAdams would make a perfect Lois!!
McAdams would make a perfect Lois!!
8:18PM on 05/27/2010

Moriarty?

How about Alan Rickman?
How about Alan Rickman?
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8:17PM on 05/27/2010

SORRY

Double post can't delete it.
Double post can't delete it.
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8:16PM on 05/27/2010

Sweet!

As long as they change that lame subtitle at least.
As long as they change that lame subtitle at least.
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8:18PM on 05/27/2010
I think that's just a Joel Silver joke like Dieharder.
I think that's just a Joel Silver joke like Dieharder.
8:16PM on 05/27/2010

Extra Tidbit...

I'm psyched for Holmes 2 as I dug the first. Though I'm not keen on "Holmes Harder" if that's at all real...

But as for the extra tidbit, I was so looking forward to that scene and was really pissed it wasn't in there. And not even a deleted scene on the Blu-ray.

Unless I missed it...

Somebody find that scene!
I'm psyched for Holmes 2 as I dug the first. Though I'm not keen on "Holmes Harder" if that's at all real...

But as for the extra tidbit, I was so looking forward to that scene and was really pissed it wasn't in there. And not even a deleted scene on the Blu-ray.

Unless I missed it...

Somebody find that scene!
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7:57PM on 05/27/2010

Good.....I guess

Sherlock Holmes was just "ok" in my opinion. I thought the film really unraveled during the last act and I left disappointed. Also, perhaps it was just me, but I thought Rachel McAdams had zero chemistry with Robert Downey.

Maybe this sequel will prove me wrong......
Sherlock Holmes was just "ok" in my opinion. I thought the film really unraveled during the last act and I left disappointed. Also, perhaps it was just me, but I thought Rachel McAdams had zero chemistry with Robert Downey.

Maybe this sequel will prove me wrong......
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