LOS ANGELES (AFP) — Robert Downey Jr is to star as Sherlock Holmes in the latest Hollywood film based on the adventures of the British super-sleuth, it was reported Thursday.
The 43-year-old star of "Iron Man" will play the famous Baker Street detective in a film directed by British film-maker Guy Ritchie, entertainment industry journal Variety reported.
News of the film comes after it emerged earlier this month that British comic Sacha Baron Cohen is also to play Holmes in a spoof movie based on the character created by Arthur Conan Doyle.
Variety reported that the film starring Downey Jr -- titled "Sherlock Holmes" -- would be likely to be released first, sometime in 2009.
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