Our good friends at Digital Spy carry the scoop that the great British character actor who has been making it big in Hollywood lately (he was the villain in this year’s major Summer tentpole HANCOCK for God’s sake!) has landed a role in Guy Ritchie’s soon to be filming SHERLOCK HOLMES adaptation.
Speaking exclusively to the site, Marsan revealed he would be playing Inspector Lestrade, a Scotland Yard policeman who is a trusted ally of Holmes & Watson…
“Holmes and Watson are a lot younger, bohemian. It works. Reading the script, Robert Downey Jr. is just perfect for a modern-day Holmes. Also he’s a bit of totty, as well!”
Interesting. Historically, Marsan actually shares more physical resemblance with the character of Dr. Watson than Jude Law, who we actually expect to play the character in next year’s film. Marsan also just happens to be exactly the stature of character actor who would usually get that role.
But still this is Guy Ritchie, no-one quite expects this new take to be conventional. Though with Mark Strong (as the main villain) and Rachel McAdams (as the female love interest) not to mention Robert Downey Jr, Jude Law and Eddie Marsan… you can’t deny he has put together one heck of a cast.