Sherlock Golmes 3: Dexter (Rockeman) Fletcher to Direct

Dexter Fletcher will direct the latest “Sherlock Holmes” film, with Robert Downey Jr. returning to star.

Fletcher is taking over the franchise from Guy Ritchie, who helmed the previous two films: 2009’s “Sherlock Holmes” and its follow-up 2011’s “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.” Both were highly successful: the first grossing $524 million globally and the second $545.4 million worldwide.

Downey’s busy schedule as Iron Man has prevented any new filming for the series. The forthcoming entry of the mystery series is expected to hit theaters on December 21, 2021.

Jude Law is also expected to return as Professor Watson. Chris Brancato is penning the script, while Susan Downey, Joel Silver, Dan Lin and Lionel Wigram are producing. The studio had originally announced that the film would open on Christmas Day of 2020 but pushed back the date last March.