A modern day Sherlock Holmes TV series titled Elementary is coming to CBS this Fall and last week it was announced that actor Jonny Lee Miller will be playing the lead role of Holmes. Today we learn that Holmes’s trusty partner/sidekick Dr. Watson has been cast as well. In this new modern day incarnation of Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson will be played by actress Lucy Liu. Elementary, isn’t it?
Further proof that CBS’ in-the-works Sherlock Holmes reboot will take the iconic franchise in a radical new direction: The network has cast Lucy Liu as Watson! TVLine has learned that Liu has been tapped to play Watson to Jonny Lee Miller‘s Sherlock in Elementary, the network’s modern-day take on the famed detective saga. Another key change: Sherlock and Watson now live in New York City. Rob Doherty (Medium) penned the script and Michael Cuesta (Homeland) will direct the pilot. Both will serve as EPs alongside Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly.
You know, I was only minorly interested in this new Sherlock Holmes series when I heard that Miller was cast as Sherlock. Tho I will confess that I thought a modern day Holmes solving crimes in NYC sounded pretty cool to me. Now that we know that Lucy Liu has been cast as Watson (Dr. Jane Watson, I presume?) I am really excited about this series. I’ve always had a passing fascination with Sherlock Holmes … maybe this new series will re-spark my interest. Thus far, I’m very impressed with the casting. I am really interested to see where this series will go from here.
Any Sherlock fans out there? What do y’all think of this new series and this inventive casting?