Downey dons Holmes' role

ROBERT DOWNEY Jr is to star as Sherlock Holmes in the latest Hollywood film based on the adventures of the British super-sleuth, it was reported.­

The 43-year-old star of Iron Man will play the famous Baker Street detective in a film directed by British film-maker Guy Ritchie, entertainment industry journal Variety reported.­

News of the film comes after it emerged earlier this month that British comic Sacha Baron Cohen is also to play Holmes in a spoof movie based on the character created by Arthur Conan Doyle.­

Variety reported that the film starring Downey Jr — titled Sherlock Holmes — would be likely to be released first, sometime in 2009.

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