Dexter Fletcher, director of Rocketman and the replacement director for Bohemian Rhapsody, has joined on to direct the latest Sherlock Holmes film, which will have Robert Downey Jr. returning to star. Jude Law is also expected to return as Professor Watson.
Chris Brancato is writing the script, while Susan Downey, Joel Silver, Dan Lin, and Lionel Wigram are producing.
The franchise was previously being controlled by director Guy Ritchie, who helmed the previous two films, 2009’s Sherlock Holmes and the 2011 sequel Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. The first film earned $524 million globally and the second ended up earning around $545.4 million worldwide.
According to Variety, Warner Bros. was always planning on making a third film but any sort of new filming was prevented due to Downey’s busy schedule as Iron Man.
Fletcher recently replaced Bryan Singer as director on Bohemian Rhapsody and helmed the latest Elton John biopic, Rocketman. Fletcher also earned a BAFTA nomination for his 2011 directorial debut Wild Bill and directed the 2013 film adaptation of the Scottish stage musical Sunshine on Leith.
No plot details have been released but the latest entry into the Sherlock Holmes franchise is expected to release on Dec. 21, 2021