Sherlock Holmes 3: Dexter Fletcher on Taking Over From Guy Ritchie

"Guy and I go way back, and he's very generous. I think he finds it rather fun that it's me."

Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law in Sherlock Holmes 3

Now that Robert Downey Jr. has wrapped up his involvement with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he’s returning to the Sherlock Holmes franchise, alongside co-star Jude Law. The two will once again reprise their roles of Holmes and Watson in a brand new instalment for Warner Bros, due out in 2021.

Guy Ritchie, who directed the first two Sherlock Holmes films, will not be returning for this new project, and Rocketman director Dexter Fletcher has been selected to replace him at the helm of the threequel. In a new interview with Collider, Fletcher says that it’s “inevitable” that his film will stand apart from the previous two.

“We’re different filmmakers and I’m not going to ignore what he did so brilliantly before,” he said. “I mean there will be an element of that, but I will also bring my own voice to it as well and it will be something sort of different.”

Fletcher and Ritchie have already spoken about the former taking over the reins of Sherlock Holmes 3, and apparently Ritchie has been “very generous about it”.

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“He’s like, ‘You’re going to have a great time. Go and have a great time’. It’ll be exciting. Rob is fantastic, Jude is amazing. There’s an incredible cast there and a great opportunity,” said Fletcher. “[Ritchie]’s not around to do it, and he’s off doing what he’s doing. It feels good to be part of that. Guy and I go way back, and he’s very generous. I think he finds it rather fun that it’s me.”

Sherlock Holmes 3 is set for release on December 22, 2021.