Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow Pictures have announced the release of a new Sherlock Holmes 3 on Dec 25, 2020. It is confirmed that Robert Downey Jr. or Jude Law will be returning to the franchise.

Downey Jr. and Law first played Holmes and Watson respectively in 2009, with the release of Sherlock Holmes. It earned $524 million globally and was directed by Guy Ritchie, who also directed A Game of Shadows, the second film.

With a script written by Chris Brancato, Sherlock Holmes 3 will play nine years after its first sequel.

The first movie’s villain, played by Mark Strong, was Lord Blackwood, who fooled everyone into thinking he was some kind of dark conjurer. The second movie saw Holmes head off against his nemesis Moriarty. The sequel released in December 2011 and earned $545.4 million globally.

Rachel McAdams starred as Irene Adler in the first movie and for a little bit in the second. It’s unlikely she’ll make an appearance come 2020.

They were both decent movies, but since Downey Jr’s commitment to the MCU, it’s been difficult to get him in any other movies.

Luckily, they are both returning to their roles. Robert Downey Jr. was a more buffoonish Sherlock and is arguably more entertaining than the BBC version.

There is no director attached yet, but our money’s on Guy Richie again. The 2020 Christmas calendar is already rather crowded. James Cameron’s Avatar sequel is scheduled for then too, along with…er…Sing 2.

Takes all sorts I suppose.