‘Rocketman’ helmer, Dexter Fletcher has taken over the director’s chair from Guy Ritchie for the third instalment of ‘Sherlock Holmes’.

Robert Downey Jr has also been confirmed to reprise the titular character. Whilst it hasn’t been confirmed whether Jude Law will be returning as Doctor Watson, it is expected.

Sources say Warner Bros. had always planned on making a third film. However, Downey’s busy schedule as Iron Man prevented any new filming for the series.

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Fletcher takes over the reins from Ritchie who had been in the driving seat for the 2009 outing and its follow-up ‘Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows’ in 2011. Both were a massive hit, with the first grossing $524 million globally and the second bringing in $545.4 million worldwide.

Chris Brancato is penning the script, while Susan Downey, Joel Silver, Dan Lin and Lionel Wigram are producing. The film is expected to now be released December 21st, 2021 after being pushed back.

Fletcher’s acting career started as far backs as 1976 appearing as a child actor in the Bugsy Malone as Baby Face alongside Jodie Foster and Scott Baio, he has since gone on to star in TV shows such as Press Gang in which a whole generation of young Brits in the late ’80s took to their hearts. He has since gone on to star in Caravaggio, Hotel Babylon and Kick-Ass and directed Wild Bill, Sunshine on Leith and Eddie the Eagle. We went on to follow those up by taking over fro Bryan Singer on the award-winning ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and most recently the Elton John biopic ‘Rocketman’.