Sherlock Holmes 3 Release Date: A Priority For Robert Downey Jr? Know More!

Sherlock Holmes is a famous fictional detective created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who first appeared in “A Study in Scarlet” in 1887. His right-hand man, Dr. John Watson, always accompanies Holmes, and they live together at 221B Baker Street. Holmes and Watson have gained immense popularity over the years, and their characters have been incorporated into several movies, short films, web series, comics, etc. One of the best-known portrayals of the detective was seen in the movie “Sherlock Holmes” where Robert Downey Jr. was cast as the main lead. 

This 2009 film was directed by Guy Ritchie, written by Lionel Wigram and Michael Robert Johnson, and produced by Silver Pictures, Wigram Productions, and Village Roadshow Pictures. A sequel to the movie was released on 16th December 2011, two years after the first part, named ‘Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows’. This film was written by Michele Mulroney and Kieran Mulroney and directed by Guy Ritchie. 

The first movie received positive reviews and was also nominated for several awards. The second part could not live up to the image of the first one, yet it was a major success‌. The first two movies have made the audience impatient for Sherlock Holmes 3. However, it has been more than a decade, and fans are still waiting for some information on the third installment. Fortunately, Robert Downey Jr. and some of the crew have talked about a potential Sherlock Holmes 3 soon.

Sherlock Holmes 3 Release Date

The movie crew released a statement in 2014 saying the making of Sherlock Holmes 3 was already in the works. The original Sherlock Holmes 3 release date was announced in 2018 and set for Christmas Day 2020. Again in March 2019, the release date was delayed and set for 2021. But it’s 2023 now, and the film is not under development, as confirmed by the new director, Dexter Fletcher. 

Movie NameSherlock Holmes
Movie NumberPart 3
Sherlock Holmes 1 Release Date14 December 2009
Sherlock Holmes 3 Release DateNot Announced

Downey’s wife has, however, confirmed that Sherlock Holmes 3 is much-awaited, and Downey himself has attested to it. He wishes for the third installment of the movie series to be the biggest hit and is thus taking his own time to make the project perfect. As of now, the Sherlock Holmes 3 release date is unknown. We may consider December as the release month since the previous movies were released then.

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Sherlock Holmes 3 Story

The first movie focuses on Lord Henry Blackwood, the illegitimate son of Lord Chief Justice Sir Thomas Rotheram, and his magical, ritualistic, and ceremonial practices, who came back from his death. Blackwood planned to take control of the British and kill all members of Parliament except his men. 

Meanwhile, Irene Adler, a former rival of Holmes, hires him to find Luke Reordan. Reordan is found in Blackwood’s coffin instead of Blackwood, and this causes a secret society named The Temple of the Four Orders, comprising Blackwood’s father and other influential political figures, to seek Holmes’ help. The movie was a race against the clock for Holmes, Watson, and Adler to stop the notorious Blackwood. The end of “Sherlock Holmes” introduces Professor Moriarty as the man instructing Adler.

 The second movie has Professor James Moriarty as Holmes’ biggest adversary. The movie starts with Moriarty seemingly killing Irene Adler, Holmes’ present love interest. After John and Mary’s wedding, Holmes vows to defeat Moriarty, who ‌vows to kill John and Mary because of the detective’s interference. However, the attempt on the couple goes in vain, and slowly the professor’s plan comes to light. He wanted to instigate a world war while profiting from it. 

When an injured Holmes and the evil Moriarty face off at the peace summit in Switzerland, Holmes grabs him, and both of them fall to their deaths. However, the end of “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” shows that the detective is still alive and well and also hints at another movie. The plot of Sherlock Holmes 3 can be about one of his famous cases, like The Hounds of Baskerville, but that remains to be seen.

Sherlock Holmes 3 Cast

Sherlock Holmes 3 Release Date

Sherlock Holmes 1 and 2 cast a few of the same actors for both films. Everyone’s favorite Iron Man, Robert Downey Jr., played Sherlock Holmes to perfection and was also awarded the Golden Globe Award for “Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy”. Jude Law as Dr. John Watson and Rachel McAdams as Irene Adler added to the charm of the movies. 

Supporting actors like Eddie Marson as Inspector Lestrade, Geraldine James as Mrs. Hudson, Kelly Reilly as Mary Morstan, and William Houston as Constable Clark deserve much praise for their portrayals of their characters. Sherlock Holmes 1 had Mark Strong as Lord Henry Blackwood, the antagonist, and Sherlock Holmes 2 had Jared Harris as Professor James Moriarty, Sherlock’s most famous rival. The second part also introduced Stephen Fry as Mycroft Holmes, Sherlock’s brother. Sherlock Holmes 3 will probably see Downey, Law, McAdams, and the other supporting cast reprising their previous roles.

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Sherlock Holmes 3 Trailer

Since there is no news about the production or filming of Sherlock Holmes 3, any trailer for the same is unavailable. You will find fan-made trailers for the third part that have no bearing on the original movie series. The trailers for the first and second parts of Sherlock Holmes are available on YouTube to watch.

Where Can You Watch Sherlock Holmes 3 Online?

The production companies have not released Sherlock Holmes 3 yet and thus, you cannot watch it. ‘Sherlock Holmes’ and ‘Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows’ is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, and Apple TV+ with prior subscriptions.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What happened to Sherlock Holmes 3?

Sherlock Holmes 3 is not under development as of April 2023, but Robert Downey Jr. has confirmed that this movie is a priority for him.

2. Will Professor Moriarty be back?

Professor Moriarty met with his demise in ‘A Game of Shadows’ and is unlikely to reprise his role.

3. Will Robert Downey Jr. be cast as Holmes?

Sherlock Holmes 3, if released, will cast Downey as the main lead.

4. Are the movies good?

The movies provide a fresh insight into the famous Sherlock Holmes and his methods of deduction.

5. What is the plot of the third movie?

The story of Sherlock Holmes 3 is unknown.

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