With the holiday season closing in, the ad campaign for Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows is just revving up. In the most recent teaser, we get a look at some unseen footage and a quick peek at the film’s stars as they discuss the sequel. 2009’s Sherlock Holmes was a surprisingly good movie, and even though I thought it traded too much on the strengths of Robert Downey Jr.’s on screen persona, I’m still really excited about this next one.
Check out the featurette below:
Guy Ritchie‘s back in the director’s chair, leading the familiar cast of Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Jared Harris, and Noomi Rapace/ The film releases December 16th, so we still have a little over a month to wait.
Here’s the official synopsis:
Robert Downey Jr. reprises his role as the world’s most famous detective, Sherlock Holmes, and Jude Law returns as his formidable colleague, Dr. Watson, in “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.” Sherlock Holmes has always been the smartest man in the room…until now. There is a new criminal mastermind at large–Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris)–and not only is he Holmes’ intellectual equal, but his capacity for evil, coupled with a complete lack of conscience, may actually give him an advantage over the renowned detective. When the Crown Prince of Austria is found dead, the evidence, as construed by Inspector Lestrade (Eddie Marsan), points to suicide. But Sherlock Holmes deduces that the prince has been the victim of murder–a murder that is only one piece of a larger and much more portentous puzzle, designed by one Professor Moriarty. Mixing business with pleasure, Holmes tracks the clues to an underground gentlemen’s club, where he and his brother, Mycroft Holmes (Stephen Fry) are toasting Dr. Watson on his last night of bachelorhood. It is there that Holmes encounters Sim (Noomi Rapace), a Gypsy fortune teller, who sees more than she is telling and whose unwitting involvement in the prince’s murder makes her the killer’s next target. Holmes barely manages to save her life and, in return, she reluctantly agrees to help him. The investigation becomes ever more dangerous as it leads Holmes, Watson and Sim across the continent, from England to France to Germany and finally to Switzerland. But the cunning Moriarty is always one step ahead as he spins a web of death and destruction–all part of a greater plan that, if he succeeds, will change the course of history.