Rachel McAdams cameo confirmed for 'Sherlock Holmes' sequel

Sherlock-Downey-McadamsImage Credit: Alex BaileyWarner Bros. confirms to EW what those of you who’ve seen the French video circulating online today with images from the set of the studio’s Sherlock Holmes sequel have already figured out: Rachel McAdams will return for a cameo in the follow-up to the 2009 holiday season hit. (Original stars Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law are returning to play the title detective and his trusty sidekick Dr. Watson, respectively, with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo star Noomi Rapace taking McAdams’ place as the main female lead. Mad Men‘s Jared Harris is playing the infamous Sherlock Holmes nemesis Professor Moriarty.) No details were provided on what McAdams’ character Irene Adler is up to in the film. See a shot of McAdams on the set, as well as footage of stunt men being sent flying (always fun), in the video below:

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  • Jay

    Anyone know if Ms. Rapace speaks fluent English? I ask because there is nothing more embarrassing than watching a movie in which the producers have hired an international beauty whose acting is hindered (and sometimes downright horrid) due to their struggles with the English language (think Gong Li in “Miami Vice”, or Marion Cottiliard in “Public Enemies” and “Inception”). Apologies if I misspelled Ms. Cottiliard’s name…

    • Austin

      I thought Marion Cotillard’s acting was amazing in Inception, she really brought out the emotions in the movie and her accent didn’t hinder her acting at all, I actually really liked it.

      • PNK

        Yes, I would have nominated her for Supporting Actress for ‘Inception.’ A missed opportunity.

    • rebecca

      Marion Cotillard’s accent annoyed me a lot in Public Enemies because it went in and out of a French accent and then back into slightly southern accent. Basically only thing wrong with the movie!

      • Matt1

        There’s alot of things wrong with Public Enemies other than her accent! For a movie that takes place in the ’30s, it looks like it was shot on an iPhone!

    • Celimene

      Most Scandinavians speak fluent English, albeit with an accent. Swedes tend to have a bit more of an accent than Danes or Norwegians, but Rapace should be fine. Think along the lines of Stellan or Alexander Skarsgård.

    • Kevin

      Marion Cotillard’s character in Inception was supposed to have grown up in France. Her father (played by Michael Caine) lived in Paris where he taught. Ariadne was one of his students.

    • A-K87

      Rapace’s speaks fluent English. Google “Anne Thompson Noomi Rapace” and you’ll find a 10 min interview of Rapace speaking fluent English. As a side note, acting is a lot more than your accent. There was nothing in Inception that suggested that Cotillards character’s first language was English.

    • A-K87

      @Jay. Do you realise that RDJ is actually not a London Based Consulting Detective. He’s pretending to be one. I’m sure that Rapace can pretend to be someone outside of her nationality too.

  • Jill in L.A.

    Ugh. Her character was such a bastardization of Irene Adler from ACD it bugged me to know end. Why do they feel the films need “female leads”? There’s no “female leads” in Sherlock Holmes! That’s the point.

    • Caryn

      I completely agree – Every time I watch the movie on cable I find myself skipping over her scenes!

  • whatevs

    I’m a little disappointed to hear this. I felt that her character was pretty expendable, and while I like her as an actress, I didn’t feel chemistry between her and RDJ.

  • ashley

    WHAT!? she was the best thing about the movie! (besides RDJ)
    sigh. so not seeing that movie.
    i thought Gong Li was great in Miami Vice and MOAG,btw.

    • fancypants

      ummm….McAdams is going to be in the movie (if you read the article), so no need to declare you’re not going to see the film.

  • goat

    so I’m definitely going to miss Rachel McAdams in the movie…had no idea that she was no longer “needed”…reminds me of them replacing Megan Fox in Transformers…

  • J. Taylor

    watch the extras on the girl with dragon tatoo movie(the swedish version obviously) and you will see that she speaks perfect english!.

  • marie j

    why did they replace Rachel?

  • Fatima

    I don’t know the full story, but did Rachel McAdams choose to leave the role? If so, why does this woman seem to panic every time her acting career picks up? She really doesn’t want to be a star but then she only picks studio movies. Someone explain her to me.

    • Via

      i remember reading somewhere that she would love to return for the sequel if they ask her to, so i’m pretty sure it wasn’t her decision to leave.
      Rachel McAdams has all the quality and talent to be a great movie star, but alas, things just hasn’t turn out that way for her. i don’t think she “panics” at all, but it’s unfortunate that none of her films in past couple years have made much of a spark at the box office.

  • DK

    To me, I think Adler’s storyline was complete. Besides, Adler WAS only in one of the Sherlock Holmes stories. It makes sense that McAdams is only in a cameo, just to connect the second back to the first.

    • A-K87

      Exactly. I don’t get why some many people believe that the Adler character is sooooo central to Holmes. I don’t hate McAdams but I’m so much mote excited to see Rapace under Guy Ritchie’s instructions (albeit in a very non Ritchie-esque film)

    • Fairportfan

      Ah, yes – but remember – she’s Nero Wolfe’s mother!

  • Howard Wolowitz

    I hope that they use Colonel Sebastian Moran as the main villain in Sherlock Holmes 3. It would be good if they include Inspector Baynes, Inspector Bradstreet, Tobias Gregson, Stanley Hopkins, Mrs. Hudson, Athelney Jones, Wiggins, Raffles Holmes, Sherringford Holmes and Mary Russell.

  • Sarah

    “Noomi Rapace taking McAdams’ place as the main female lead”
    That’s sad when there’s only room for one female co-star in a movie…

  • Sherlockians Anonymous

    “I don’t get why some people believe that the Adler character is sooooo central to Holmes.”

    It’s primarily because we know that she occupies a central place in Holmes’ psyche. In the story about Adler, “A Scandal in Bohemia,” Watson tells us that Holmes refers to Adler as “The Woman.” Adler is familiar to Holmes when they speak. There’s some connection between the two, that’s for sure.

    McAdams played a smart, sexy Adler, which is exactly how the character should be played. I’m happy she’s back.

  • andy smith

    I want to see Rachel McAdams working with Downey, Jr and Jude Law in all Sherlock Holmes movies. They work well together. McAdams is a good actor and looks very fine in the attire of the era. -nuff said-

  • sarah

    Rachel McAdams should be in all the Sherlock Holmes. Her character is so good. I was sad to see that she was cut out of the second one so soon.

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