Rocketman filmmaker Dexter Fletcher has come on board to direct the latest “Sherlock Holmes” film.
Dexter Fletcher, who most recently directed Rocketman, will now be directing Sherlock Holmes 3. Robert Downey Jr. will be returning to star as Sherlock and Jude Law as Watson in the latest part.
Fletcher takes over the franchise from Guy Ritchie, who directed the previous two “Sherlock Holmes”. 2009’s “Sherlock Holmes” and “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” were highly successful, with the first grossing $524 million globally and the second bringing in $545.4 million worldwide.
Both the movies made well over a $1 billion at the global box office combined.
Warner Bros. had always planned on making the third part. There was a delay due to scheduling troubles with Downey Jr as he was busy with “Iron Man” and “Avengers” films.
The third “Sherlock Holmes” film is expected to hit theaters on Dec. 21, 2021 after initially announced to open on Christmas 2020.
The film will be a co-production between WB and Village Roadshow.