The Sherlock Holmes sequel due at the end of this year seems to be bringing us everything we liked about the original film and not much that's new-- and for once, that actually seems like a good thing. Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law are back as the sparring and adoring Holmes and Watson, and though Noomi Rapace has been added as mysterious gypsy woman Sim and Jared Harris as the arch-nemesis Moriarty, the adventures seem to be based around the same old-timey escapades as the first one, doffing bowler hats and pipes in order to fight crime. Given how much surprising fun the first film was, I wouldn't ask them to change a thing.

I'm hoping all this return to familiarity makes for a good thing when the movie finally comes out, but it does make it a little harder to get excited over new images from the film, which look intentionally a lot like the images from the first one. Take, for example, the new still featured in today's Los Angeles Times, accompanying a visit they made to the London set. The image, which you can see larger below, shows Watson and Holmes sitting at a table in front of some fancy plates, holding an envelope, and apparently looking up at someone off-camera-- not exactly blowing the roof off. But like I said, seeing things staying the same is only a good thing to me.

In the accompanying article Downey and Law talk about the things that are different this time around-- "We have no intention of going back and patronizing people by re-covering the same ground" Law says--but the basic elements don't seem to have changed too much. Here's how Downey explains it:

“Unlike last time, where Holmes kept getting Watson into trouble. This time Watson is getting Holmes out of trouble, and they’re both in deeper trouble than I think the audience could have imagined we could go…. All manner of nastiness has just occurred.”

Check out the article for the Times's description of what's going on in the scene they were shooting-- a shoot-out at a railyard, basically-- and for everything else you want to know about the still untitled sequel, visit our Blend Film Database.

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