Will Johnny Depp star in 'Sherlock Holmes 3'? Robert Downey Jr reportedly trying to rope in actor

Depp has lost several big projects after Amber Heard accused him of domestic abuse and he also lost the UK trial against News Group Newspapers in 2020


                            Will Johnny Depp star in 'Sherlock Holmes 3'? Robert Downey Jr reportedly trying to rope in actor
Johnny Depp (L) and Robert Downey Jr have been friends for decades, as per reports (Getty Images/ Theo Wargo and Jason Merritt)
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Johnny Depp’s personal as well as professional life is not on the right track lately after he was accused of violence and abuse by his ex-wife Amber Heard. The 58-year-old had sued News Group Newspapers, the company publishing The Sun, and Dan Wootton, for calling him a “wife-beater” but lost the UK trial in 2020, which eventually led him to lose movies like ‘Fantastic Beasts 3’ and ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean 6’.

Depp’s difficult time has not ended yet as he is currently amid a legal face-off with Heard in a Virginia court. The ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ star sued the 36-year-old actress for $50 million after she wrote an op-ed for The Washington Post titled ‘I spoke up against sexual violence — and faced our culture’s wrath. That has to change’ in 2018 while claiming herself to be a domestic violence survivor.

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Johnny Depp and Amber Heard got divorced in 2016 (Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

 

She said, “Like many women, I had been harassed and sexually assaulted by the time I was of college age. But I kept quiet — I did not expect filing complaints to bring justice. And I didn’t see myself as a victim. Then two years ago, I became a public figure representing domestic abuse, and I felt the full force of our culture’s wrath for women who speak out.” In return, Heard countersued her former husband, with whom she was married for less than two years, for $100 million. Though the ‘Aquaman’ actress did not reportedly lose any work projects, the same cannot be said for Depp.

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Will Johnny Depp star in 'Sherlock Holmes 3' with Robert Downey Jr?

There is no confirmed report regarding the cast of 'Sherlock Holmes 3’ but several reports have speculated that Downey Jr is trying hard to get Depp into the movie. FandomWire reported that the 57-year-old ‘Avengers: Endgame’ star “always wanted to work with famous personalities. And big talks are going on about Johnny Depp might come ahead to sign the contract for the movie.”

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Actor Robert Downey Jr speaks onstage during the 2015 Jaguar Land Rover British Academy Britannia Awards presented by American Airlines at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 30, 2015, in Beverly Hills, California (Mark Davis/Getty Images)

 

Also, a November 2020 tweet stated, “A Friend in need is a Friend indeed! Robert Downey Jr. Reportedly Pushing For Johnny Depp To Have Sherlock Holmes 3 Role. Depp helped RDJ in his bad times in 2008, if not for Depp then we wouldn't've had such an awesome Iron man. #rdj #johnnydepp #rdjdepp #robertdowneyj.”

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Meanwhile, the movie has gotten delayed due to several reasons, including the Covid pandemic. Director Dexter Fletcher told the ‘Celebrity Catch Up Podcast’ in 2020, “Sherlock's hit its own issues on and off. That's sort of sitting on the back burner at the moment until it becomes clear where the world is at and what's going to happen.”

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Actor Robert Downey Jr (L) and producer Susan Downey arrive at the premiere of 'Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows' at the Regency Village Theatre on December 6, 2011, in Westwood, California (Alberto E Rodriguez/Getty Images)

 

Besides Downey Jr and Jude Law’s characters in the film as Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson respectively, “the cast of ‘Sherlock Holmes 3’ is a bit of a mystery. So far there has been no word on whether supporting characters like Inspector Lestrade (Eddie Marsan), Watson's wife, Mary (Yellowstone's Kelly Reilly), or even Sherlock's older brother, Mycroft (Stephen Fry), will return for the next installment in the exceptionally fun franchise,” ​​Looper reported.

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