Rumored earlier to be considered starring as the titular character in Guy Ritchie's "Sherlock Holmes", Russell Crowe seems to be taking a different path on the casting for the forthcoming action project. Instead of taking the Holmes' role, the award-winning Australian actor is said to be going to pick up Holmes' sidekick role, Dr. Watson.
An insider informed The Sun about the speculation stating, "Russell wants the part, Guy wants Russell. All they've got left to do is dot the i's and cross the t's." If these words are delivering the truth, it means that Crowe will support Robert Downey Jr. as the latter has signed to portray the leading character, Holmes, earlier.
Actually, Crowe has been attached to the role of Sheriff of Nottingham in the twisted tale of Robin Hood, "Nottingham". However, the Ridley Scott-directed film for Universal Pictures has been reported to be put on hold indefinitely due to several problems, including the possible SAG strike and the script itself.
To follow the adventure of the witty 19th Century detective, "Sherlock Holmes" is promised to be presented in a manner that fans have never seen the deerstalker capped detective as Holmes will be seen more as an action hero. The Warner Bros. Pictures' film will be produced by Joel Silver, Lionel Wigram, Dan Lin and Susan Downey and is set for 2010 release.