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"Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows" stars Robert Downey Jr. who repriseshis world as the world's most famous detective from the original 2009 box-office hit "Sherlock Holmes." Jude Law also returns as his formidable colleague, Dr. Watson.

Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) has always been the smartest man in the room … until now. There is a new criminal mastermind at large — Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris) — 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 Inspector Lestrade (Eddie Marsan), 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, Mycroft Holmes (Stephen Fry) are toasting Dr. Watson (Jude Law) on his last night of bachelorhood. It is there that Holmes encounters Sim (Noomi Rapace), 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.

Jared Harris ("Mad Men," "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button") join the cast as the notorious Professor Moriarty. Also joining the cast, in her first English-speaking role, is Swedish actress Noomi Rapace, who gained international attention in the Swedish film "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo." Stephen Fry ("Alice in Wonderland," "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire") plays Mycroft Holmes, Sherlock's older brother.

Additinal cast members returning from the first film include Eddie Marsan as Inspector Lestrade, Kelly Reilly as Watson's bride, Mary Morstan, and Geraldine James as Holmes' long suffering landlady, Mrs. Hudson.

"Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows" is produced by Village Roadshow Pictures and Silver Pictures in association with Wigram Productions. The movie is directed by Guy Ritchie from a screenplay by Michele Mulroney & Kieren Mulroney. The characters of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson were created by the late Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and appear in stories and novels by him. The sequel reunites producers Joel Silver, Lionel Wigram, Susan Downey and Dan Lin. Bruce Berman serves as executive producer, with Steve Clark-Hall co-producing.


Genre: Action Adventure Mystery
Release Date: December 16, 2011
Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures
Production Companies:
Village Roadshow Pictures
Silver Pictures
Wigram Productions

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