Jonny Lee Miller to Play “Sherlock Holmes” in American TV Series

This is from The Silver Tongue

For those of us who love period dramas, Miller was terrific as Edmund Bertram in "Mansfield Park" and absolutely riveting in "Byron."

   Trainspotting and Hackers star Jonny Lee Miller has been cast as Sherlock Holmes in a U.S. version of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s canon of the fictional detective, to be called Elementary. Lucy Liu will join Miller as a female “Watson.” The news of a U.S. adaptation has been met with opposition by Sue Vertue, producer of British show Sherlock. Worried about the two shows having an overlap because of the modern setting, Vertue said recently that:

“At the time, they made great assurances about their integrity, so we have to assume that their modernised Sherlock Holmes doesn’t resemble ours in any way, as that would be extremely worrying. We are very proud of our show and like any proud parent, will protect the interest and wellbeing of our offspring.”

A pilot of Elementary will be filmed over the coming months and, if successful, a full series will be commissioned on CBS in the Autumn.

Benedict Cumberbatch as "Sherlock"

   Sherlock will return to the BBC for a third run, according to writers Steven Moffatt and Mark Gatiss. Although, with both Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman filming in major Hollywood blockbusters this year – Star Trek and The Hobbit, respectively – it is thought that 2013 will be the most likely date for said return.


I LOVE both Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch, and I don’t want to have to decide who makes the best Sherlock. Who would you pick?

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4 Responses to Jonny Lee Miller to Play “Sherlock Holmes” in American TV Series

  1. Monica P says:

    I haven’t seen the BBC Sherlock but I do love Jonny Lee Miller! Hopefully it’ll be a good show.

    I’ll have to see if my library has, or will get, the BBC version so I can watch it…

  2. Trust me, Monica, you will LOVE the Benedict Cumberbatch version of “Sherlock.”

  3. Janice says:

    I just finished reading The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Other Stories and I was surprised at the way the stories seemed like a CSI episode. I watched the BBC Sherlock and enjoyed it very much. Benedict Cumberbatch made a very good Sherlock and I liked the modern version. However, Jeremy Brett will always be Sherlock Holmes to me. I can’t wait to see the Jonny Lee Miller version and hope it is as good as the BBC one.

  4. The attention to minute details in the “Sherlock” stories are often overlooked by the casual reader.

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