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Dexter Fletcher is going from Elton to Sherlock.
The Rocketman director is in talks to helm the third installment in Warner Bros.’ Sherlock Holmes series.
Robert Downey Jr. will return to his role as Arthur Conan Doyle’s iconic detective, and Jude Law will again play his loyal sidekick, Dr. John Watson.
Fletcher would be taking over directing duties from Guy Ritchie, who was behind the camera for the first two films in the lucrative franchise, which grossed $524 million in 2009 and $545 million in 2011.
The long-gestating third film in the Sherlock series will hit theaters Dec. 22, 2021 — 10 years after the second pic, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.
Village Roadshow Pictures will return to produce Sherlock Holmes 3, along with Joel Silver, Susan Downey, Lionel Wigram and Dan Lin. Chris Brancato penned the script.
Fletcher’s Rocketman has earned $175.2 million globally to date. Prior to the Elton John musical biopic, Fletcher was brought in to finish up the Queen movie Bohemian Rhapsody after helmer Bryan Singer was taken off the the project. He also directed the 2016 sports drama Eddie the Eagle, starring Rocketman actor Taron Egerton.
Fletcher is repped by CAA, the U.K.’s Independent and Sloane Offer.
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