It doesn’t take a master detective to realize reteaming Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly to play Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson is genius.
The comedy actors have signed up for Sony’s “Holmes and Watson,” to be written and directed by “Tropic Thunder” scribe Etan Cohen, Variety reported.
Ferrell, 49, previously collaborated with Reilly, 51, on “Talladega Nights” (2006) and “Step Brothers” (2008) and the two are friends off-screen. The “SNL” veteran also worked with Cohen on last year’s tepidly-received “Get Hard.”
It’s also elementary to tap into the renewed interest in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s eccentric detective.
The pair played NASCAR drivers in “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.”
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BBC’s “Sherlock” has helped launch the big-screen careers of its Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Watson (Martin Freeman).
And Warner Bros. found success with a pair of recent Guy Ritchie-directed “Sherlock Holmes” movies, with Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law in the respective roles of the detective and his assistant.