Sherlock Gnomes Trailer: Johnny Depp Headlines Gnomeo & Juliet Sequel

The Sherlock Gnomes trailer showcases the Gnomeo & Juliet sequel’s reinvention as a mystery, starring Johnny Depp.

It’s been a while since animated feature Gnomeo & Juliet arrived back in 2011, showcasing a Shakespearean-inspired forbidden romance through the creative prism of ceramic lawn ornaments. However, it made some money ($194 million worldwide), apparently enough to warrant a sequel seven years later, brandishing the similarly pun-happy title, Sherlock Gnomes.

Now, the added literary element of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s oft-adapted Sherlock Holmes turns the animated adventure into a mystery, with star Johnny Depp voicing the titular diminutive detective of Sherlock Gnomes.

Sherlock Gnomes Trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TR-sefx8ncI

The Sherlock Gnomes trailer shows that Gnomeo (James McAvoy) and Juliet (Emily Blunt) have been moved away from their proverbial Verona into a new garden setting. However, their idyllic new life filled with fart gags and ambiguous curse words gets disrupted when their new gnome neighbors start disappearing, with portentous possibilities of a smashing destruction in the air. Consequently, a new hero arrives in Sherlock Gnomes (Johnny Depp), joined by cohort Gnome Watson (Chiwetel Ejifor), who helps the star-crossed lawn ornaments solve the mystery. Thus, a new adventure begins, including a particularly beastly encounter with a hound that’s not quite of the Baskervilles.

Sherlock Gnomes Crew

John Stevenson steps in to direct Sherlock Gnomes, picking up the franchise after Gnomeo & Juliet director Kelly Ashbury. The sequel is in good hands, since Stevenson directed 2008’s original franchise-starting smash, Kung-Fu Panda, having previously worked in the animation department on the Shrek films. His next directorial work will be the biblically-inspired animated feature The Ark and the Aardvark, which will feature the voices of Miles Teller and Aubrey Plaza.

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Sherlock Gnomes is a co-production of MGM, Paramount Animation and Rocket Pictures. However, while Disney had a hand in distributing the original Gnomeo & Juliet, Paramount has taken up that duty on its own for the U.S. release, with Entertainment One distributing in the U.K. and Canada.   

Sherlock Gnomes Release Date

Sherlock Gnomes will turn a theater near you into its own 221B Baker Street when it arrives on March 23, 2018.