Sherlock Holmes: Starring Robert Downey Jr.

July 9, 2008–Robert Downey Jr. will star in “Sherlock Holmes,” ro be Get Your Ex Back directed by Guy Ritchie for Warne. The picture begins shooting in October. Joel Silver, Lionel Wigram, Susan Downey and Dan Lin are producing.

Downey became an action star with “Iron Man” and “Sherlock Holmes” also will take advantage of his physical skills. The basis for the film is Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic tales, but also the comicbook “Sherlock Holmes.”

With Downey aboard, the film will go into production before a comedy at Columbia Pictures, with Sacha Baron Cohen playing Holmes, and Will Ferrell playing as crime-fighting partner Dr. Watson.

Columbia is fast tracking its project, which is written by Etan Cohen (“Tropic Thunder”) and produced by Judd Apatow and Jimmy Miller.

Downey next will be seen in “Tropic Thunder,” and then stars with Jamie Foxx in Joe Wright's “The Soloist” for DreamWorks. He'll reprise his Tony Stark role in “Iron Man 2” for Marvel Studios and Paramount, with Jon Favreau directing.