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Though Robert Downey Jr. is currently busy shooting the third installment of his Marvel franchise Iron Man, he has another popular series that’s poised to get the threequel treatment at some point in the near future. The success of Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (it grossed over $540 million worldwide) spurred Warner Bros. to get working on another entry in the action sleuth series, as the studio hired Iron Man 3 scribe Drew Pearce to handle the screenplay last October.
Word on the project since then has been quiet, but Steve recently sat down with Jude Law at the Toronto Film Festival to talk about his upcoming romantic drama Anna Karenina. Towards the end of the conversation, Law provided a brief update on Sherlock Holmes 3, expressing his excitement at the prospect of reuniting with the Sherlock team for another go-around. Hit the jump to see what he had to say.
Towards the end of the interview, Steve asked Law if he knew when they were going to start shooting Sherlock Holmes 3:
“No I don’t yet. I mean there’s certainly talk of it and I know there’s a script being played around with, but Downey’s a busy boy and I’m a busy boy so we’ll see. But we want to [do another one]. We’re a very happy team and we have a lot of fun and we also think there’s still a lot of legs in the duo.”
It’s a minor update, but Law certainly seems game to return for more Sherlock Holmes adventures. He and Downey Jr. are likely mulling over a number of projects in the near future, but Law recently committed to starring in Wes Anderson’s upcoming The Grand Budapest Hotel.
Watch the portion of Steve’s interview with Law pertaining to Sherlock Holmes 3 below, and look out for the full interview closer to Anna Karenina’s release.
‘I’m very excited to be a part of that Wes Anderson family,’ actor tells MTV News about joining the cast of ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel.’
Right now is a good time to be friends with Wes Anderson. The writer/director, known for his unique visual style and idiosyncratic characters, regularly pulls from a pool of frequent collaborators, and he just scored the second biggest hit of his career with “Moonrise Kingdom.”
For his next film, which is reportedly titled “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Anderson is calling on a mix of familiar actors and some talent he has never worked with before, including Johnny Depp.
One of the newest additions to the “Wes Anderson family,” Jude Law, spoke with MTV News’ Josh Horowitz during the Toronto International Film Festival for his new film “Anna Karenina” and shared his excitement to finally work with the director.
Law told MTV News that his role in “The Grand Budapest Hotel” is something that’s been a long time coming. “I’ve been a huge fan of Wes,” he said. “I pestered him with emails for years, saying ‘I want to live in one of your films and I’d like to be in one of your films.’ ”
News of Anderson’s wish list appeared in July, but we haven’t heard much in the way of production details since then. Law, however, confirmed that Anderson should be shooting shortly. “[Anderson] sent me this wonderful script,” he said. “I think we start work on that in January.”
While Law hesitated to talk about the project at length, he did confirm Depp’s involvement and the size of his own role. “It will be the usual team [of actors]. I have heard Johnny Depp is indeed playing a key role in it,” he said. “I think my role is fleeting, but I’m very excited to be a part of that Wes Anderson family.”
Keira Knightley felt sorry for Jude Law after he was made to wear an unflattering wig for their period drama “Anna Karenina,” calling his transformation “the worst.”
The actor was fitted with a hairpiece to make him appear bald for his role as statesman Alexei Karenin, who is 20 years older than his socialite wife, Anna, played by Knightley.
She reveals Law wore a hat away from the set to avoid embarrassment, but insists he looked as handsome as ever when he stepped out of his unbecoming costume.
Knightley tells Harper’s Bazaar magazine, “No wonder he kept that hat on. (The make-up and wig) were the worst. Poor [bleep]. I’d get to the end of the day, take my make-up and wig off, and I’d look [bleep]. He’d take the make-up and wig off and look [bleep] brilliant. And everyone would say, ‘Oh yeah! Good-looking man underneath!’”
Toronto International Film Festival announced the first movies as part of their line-up and “Anna Karenina” is selected for the festival. The movie will have it’s international premiere. The festival is held September 6-16.
Anna Karenina Joe Wright, United Kingdom (International Premiere)
The third collaboration of Academy Award nominee Keira Knightley with acclaimed director Joe Wright, following the award-winning box office successes Pride & Prejudice and Atonement, is a bold, theatrical new vision of the epic love story, adapted from Leo Tolstoy’s timeless novel by Academy Award winner Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love). The story powerfully explores the capacity for love that surges through the human heart. As Anna (Knightley) questions her happiness and marriage, change comes to surround her. Also starring Jude Law and Aaron Taylor-Johnson.
Wes Anderson may not make a lot of movies, but every time out he swings for the fences with his casts. In addition to his ability to get Bill Murray to come back time and time again – his script selection process is notoriously rigorous but he has been in every Anderson film since Rushmore – the director has been bringing incredibly talented actors together for years, his movies touting names like Gene Hackman, Ben Stiller, Adrien Brody, Anjelica Huston, Gwyneth Paltrow, Willem Dafoe, Cate Blanchett and many more. His latest, Moonrise Kingdom, may be his most powerful ensemble yet, bringing in great performers like Edward Norton, Frances McDormand, Bruce Willis, Jason Schwartzman, Bob Balaban, Tilda Swinton and Harvel Keitel. And he may be going for something even bigger in his next film.
According to Twitch, Anderson is going all out while finding his next cast and he has apparently already approached a number of big A-list stars about potential roles. The site says that the filmmaker has reached out to Johnny Depp, Owen Wilson, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Jude Law, Jeff Goldblum, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe and Angela Lansbury about the untitled project. It’s worth noting that all of the actors, with the exception of Depp, Law, and Lansbury, have appeared in a previous Anderson film. While details about the movie are still a mystery, when I spoke with Anderson a few weeks ago he told me that his latest work will take him to Europe and that he worked with a new co-writer on the script (aka not Owen Wilson, Noah Baumbach or Roman Coppola).
Honestly, Wes Anderson could make a movie starring two ferrets and I would be interested, so if he’s able to rope even half of the names on that list into his next film it will just be a cherry on top. Let’s just hope he’s aiming to start production soon!
LONDON — Jude Law, Judi Dench and Daniel Radcliffe are among the A-list actors signed up for a new London theater troupe, which hopes to attract new theatergoers by offering hundreds of 10 pounds ($16) tickets for each performance.
Simon Russell Beale, Sheridan Smith, David Walliams and Ben Whishaw are also part of the company formed by director Michael Grandage, who led the award-winning Donmar Warehouse troupe for a decade until early 2012.
On Friday Grandage announced a five-play, 15-month season beginning in December with a production of the musical “Privates on Parade.”
Future productions include new play “Peter and Alice” by John Logan; Shakespeare’s “Henry V” with Law in the title role; “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”; and a production of Martin McDonagh’s “The Cripple of Inishmaan” starring Radcliffe.