3 New Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Stills Reveal A Lot of Sitting
08.26.11 by Ryan
Warner Bros. released the first trailer for Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows last month, which revealed that director Guy Ritchie had delivered another action-packed adventure for the world's most famous detective. The sequel has landed on the cover of Empire, and three new stills have been released which show that the movie also features a great deal of exciting sitting as well.
One photo has the movie's leads, Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, and Noomi Rapace, sitting in a cafe, while another sees Ritchie sitting by a monitor with Downey Jr. sitting next to him while Law and other crew members are — wait for it — standing nearby. A third photo reveals Ritchie (sitting) directing a scene where a literal chess match is occurring between Downey Jr. (also sitting) and his arch-nemesis Moriarty (Jared Harris, standing).
Ritchie discussed the pictured chess scene at the recent Empire Presents Big Screen event around two weeks ago. "Moriarty is the most infamous villain in literature," Ritchie told the crowd after showing footage of the scene. "I hope we’ve succeeded in presenting that, and I hope you can’t see him coming too conspicuously."
A sequel to 2009's Sherlock Holmes, A Game of Shadows is the first Ritchie has made, and the director revealed at the Big Screen that it was the cast that brought him back for more.
I wanted to make another one for all sorts of reasons, but in no small part [it was] because of the chemistry between these two lads [Downey Jr. and Law]. That’s the engine that drives the narrative. Plus, it’s fun watching them. You have to pinch yourself when you’re involved with these movies: to have a Hollywood budget and a really English movie... it’s such a privilege to stay here and make movies on this scale.
The sequel is almost finished shooting, with Ritchie explaining that principal photography would "completely wrap in a couple of weeks," though the director has also left "at least a week for reshoots."
Based on characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows was written by Kieren and Michele Mulroney. Stephen Fry co-stars as Mycroft Holmes, Sherlock's older brother, in what Ritchie claims is a very revealing performance. "Everyone likes Fry no matter what he does," said Ritchie with a laugh. "He takes his clothes off in this film, and people seem to like that too."