Sacha Baron Cohen: Acts in sleuth film with Will Ferrell
Sacha Baron Cohen will portray the character of Sherlock Holmes, the detective, thereby teaming up with Will Ferrell who will act in the role of his loyal assistant, Watson. They will be seen in the forthcoming comedy film that was inspired by tales of the fictional English sleuth. This bit of information has been revealed by the Columbia Pictures on Wednesday.
Thirty six year old Sacha Baron Cohen and Ferrell, who is presently forty six years of age, last appeared together in the 2006 auto racing spoof titled "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby." In that program, Ferrell acted in the title role and Cohen played the character of his rival, a French speed racer.
Screenwriter Etan Cohen has been signed to pen down the screenplay for this untitled Sherlock Holmes film. The Sony Corp.-owned studio has highlighted it in a statement.
As a starting point the story of this film of Sacha Baron Cohen will use the principal characters that are created by Scottish-born author and physician Arthur Conan Doyle in the late nineteenth century.
Neither launch date for the production nor other important decisions like casting or a direction has been decided.
This particular role of Holmes, the English detective par excellence, who was renowned for his use of deductive reasoning, seemed to be an odd fit for Sacha Baron Cohen, who, in spite of receiving education at Cambridge University has made an acting career of playing peculiar characters with funny accents.
Sacha Baron Cohen earned his credentials as a star by playing a rude television journalist from Central Asia in the comedy film namely Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan." It was released in the year 2006.
Sacha Baron Cohen’s role was based on one of several characters that have been created for his television series, "Da Ali G Show." Cohen also appeared opposite to Johnny Depp in the year 2007 musical "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street."
When being asked to put forth comment Columbia Pictures co-president Matt Tolmach said that "Just the idea of Sacha and Will as Sherlock Holmes and Watson makes us laugh."