Lucy Liu to be first female sidekick to Sherlock Holmes
AMERICAN actress Lucy Liu will be cast opposite Johnny Lee Miller in the new American version of Sherlock Holmes, Elementary.
She's well known for her portrayal of kung fu masters on film, but how will American actress Lucy Liu fare as Sherlock Holmes's sidekick Watson?
The 43-year-old actress, who has appeared in Charlie's Angels, Kill Bill and Kung Fu Panda, will become the first woman to play Holmes's number two. She will star in the new American take on Sherlock Holmes where the stories, originally by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and set in London at the turn of the twentieth century, will be transposed to modern day New York.
Jonny Lee Miller will star opposite Liu in the new CBS pilot Elementary. The pilot follows several big-budget re-workings of the classic detective stories. Last year saw the release of Guy Ritchie's second Sherlock Holmes film which starred Robert Downey Jr as Sherlock and Jude Law as Dr Watson.
The BBC has also seen huge success with its television adaptation, Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in a modern-day adaptation set in London.
The American adaptation is under a legal obligation not to recreate too closely anything that is particular to the BBC TV series. But according to copyright laws, the concept of Conan Doyle's Sherlock is unprotectable.
Sue Vertue, Sherlock Executive Producer at Hartswood Films, told the Independent in January that she was aware of the American version:
"We understand that CBS are doing their own version of an updated Sherlock Holmes. It's interesting, as they approached us a while back about remaking our show. 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."
Elementary has Sherlock Holmes as a former consultant to Scotland Yard whose addiction problems meant he had a spell in rehab in New York. 'Joan' Watson (the character played by Liu) will be his sober companion and is a former surgeon who has lost her license.
The pilot is being written by Robert Doherty, known for his work on Star Trek Voyager and Tru Calling.