Sherlock Holmes has always been the smartest man in the room…until now. There is a new criminal mastermind at large——and not only is he Holmes’ intellectual equal, but his capacity for evil, coupled with a complete lack of conscience, may actually give him an advantage over the renowned detective. When the Crown Prince of Austria is found dead, the evidence, as construed by , points to suicide. But Sherlock Holmes deduces that the prince has been the victim of murder—a murder that is only one piece of a larger and much more portentous puzzle, designed by one Professor Moriarty.
Mixing business with pleasure, Holmes tracks the clues to an underground gentlemen’s club, where he and his brother,are toasting on his last night of bachelorhood. It is there that Holmes encounters Sim, a Gypsy fortune teller, who sees more than she is telling and whose unwitting involvement in the prince’s murder makes her the killer’s next target. Holmes barely manages to save her life and, in return, she reluctantly agrees to help him. The investigation becomes ever more dangerous as it leads Holmes, Watson and Sim across the continent, from England to France to Germany and finally to Switzerland. But the cunning Moriarty is always one step ahead as he spins a web of death and destruction—all part of a greater plan that, if he succeeds, will change the course of history.
During a recent press event for his upcoming thriller Contagion, Jude Law was asked whether a third installment of Guy Ritchie'sSherlock Holmes film franchise would happen any time soon:
"It's not up to me, obviously, but I don't see why not. I love working with Robert and Guy and the whole team. I'm a big fan of the books, and there's obviously huge amounts of material to dip into and use and be inspired by, so we'll see...I always steal a line that Robert said: If everyone else is as enthusiastic and happy for us to carry on doing it, then we'll probably carry on doing it."
"We went into [A Game of Shadows] with a little more confidence and swagger. We were very proud of the last one, but when you pick up a canon like that, it's hard to know how the world will respond."
Filmmaker Guy Ritchie returns to direct Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, which stars Robert Downey Jr, Jude Law, Jared Harris,, Kelly Reilly, Noomi Rapace and . The film will be distributed worldwide beginning December 16, 2011, by . Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.