Holmes & Watson

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Holmes & Watson
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Teaser poster
Directed byEtan Cohen
Produced by
Screenplay byEtan Cohen
Based onCharacters
by Arthur Conan Doyle
Music byMark Mothersbaugh
CinematographyOliver Wood
Edited byDean Zimmerman
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • December 25, 2018 (2018-12-25) (United States)
CountryUnited States
Budget$42 million[1]

Holmes & Watson is an upcoming American mystery comedy film written and directed by Etan Cohen. The film stars Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Rebecca Hall, Ralph Fiennes, Rob Brydon, Kelly Macdonald, Lauren Lapkus, and Hugh Laurie. The film is scheduled to be released on December 25, 2018 by Columbia Pictures.[2]


A comedic take on the famed literary characters Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson as they use their brilliant minds to stop rival James Moriarty from assassinating the queen.



In July 2008, it was reported that Sacha Baron Cohen would play Holmes and Will Ferrell would play Dr. Watson, in a comedic take on Sherlock Holmes produced by Judd Apatow with a script written by Etan Cohen for Columbia Pictures.[3]

On August 17, 2016, it was reported that Ferrell and John C. Reilly would star in the film Holmes and Watson written and directed by Etan Cohen, with Ferrell playing Holmes and Reilly playing Watson.[4] On November 14, 2016, Lauren Lapkus was cast in the film to play Millie, with whom Sherlock is obsessed.[5] On November 17, 2016, Rob Brydon, Kelly Macdonald, and Rebecca Hall joined the cast.[6] On January 6, 2017, Ralph Fiennes and Hugh Laurie joined the cast.[7] Filming commenced in early December 2016 in London at Shepperton Studios. In early February 2017, film crews were on location at Hampton Court Palace.[8]


The film was scheduled to be released on August 3, 2018.[9] In August 2017, the release date was pushed back from its original release date from August 3, 2018 to November 9, 2018[10] which was later pushed back from November 9, 2018 to December 21, 2018.[2] In October 2018, the film was pushed back from its original December 21, 2018 release date to December 25, 2018 (Christmas Day 2018).[11]


The first trailer was released on September 28, 2018.[12]


  1. ^ "Holmes & Watson (2018)". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved December 6, 2018.
  2. ^ a b D'Alessandro, Anthony (January 23, 2018). "Sony's 'Barbie' Jumps To 2020; 'Superfly' Eyes Summer 2018 Launch". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 24, 2018.
  3. ^ Stephenson, Hunter (July 2, 2008). "Sacha Baron Cohen, Will Ferrell to Star in Judd Apatow's Sherlock Holmes". /Film. Retrieved April 12, 2017.
  4. ^ Fleming, Jr., Mike (August 16, 2016). "Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly Reunite For 'Holmes & Watson'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
  5. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (November 14, 2016). "Lauren Lapkus Joins Will Ferrell-John C. Reilly Comedy 'Holmes & Watson'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 15, 2016.
  6. ^ Kroll, Justin (November 17, 2016). "Rob Brydon, Kelly Macdonald and Rebecca Hall Join 'Holmes and Watson'". Variety. Retrieved December 7, 2016.
  7. ^ McNary, Dave (January 6, 2017). "Ralph Fiennes, Hugh Laurie Join Will Ferrell's 'Holmes and Watson'". Variety.
  8. ^ "Holmes and Watson: Will Ferrell and John C Reilly new film being set up at Hampton Court". Retrieved February 13, 2017.
  9. ^ CS (February 7, 2017). "Holmes and Watson Gets Summer 2018 Release". Comingsoon.net. Retrieved February 8, 2017.
  10. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (August 11, 2017). "Sony Dates 'Silver And Black' & 'Sicario 2', Moves 'Holmes And Watson'; 'Bad Boys 3' Unset & More". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 12, 2017.
  11. ^ Ames, Jeff (October 9, 2018). "Sony Shifts Release Dates for Holmes & Watson and More". Comingsoon.net. Retrieved October 10, 2018.
  12. ^ Will Ferrell Comedy ‘Holmes and Watson’ Premieres New Trailer (WATCH) Variety, September 28, 2018

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