Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Trailer

The character posters came just a few days ago, and now comes the first trailer for Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.

The trailer shows that we can expect more action in the way of Baritsu, cannon fire, explosions and pipe smoking, as well as an excess of slow motion shots. It’s all played to the sounds of E.S. Posthumus’ Unstoppable, reworked to epic effect.

Holmes is also seen disguised as a woman, possibly referencing Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone, which would imply that the filmmakers certainly know the stories through and through. However, upon watching you’ll realise that we’re not told much about the plot itself; only that all the clues point to Holmes’ nemesis, Professor James Moriarty. This would explain why Warner Bros. has felt the need to put together an official synopsis:

Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) has always been the smartest man in the room…until now. There is a new criminal mastermind at large—Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris) — and not only is he Holmes’ intellectual equal, but his capacity for evil, coupled with a complete lack of conscience, may actually give him an advantage over the renowned detective. When the Crown Prince of Austria is found dead, …the evidence, as construed by Inspector Lestrade (Eddie Marsan), points to suicide. But Sherlock Holmes deduces that the prince has been the victim of murder — a murder that is only one piece of a larger and much more portentous puzzle, designed by one Professor Moriarty. Mixing business with pleasure, Holmes tracks the clues to an underground gentlemen’s club, where he and his brother, Mycroft Holmes (Stephen Fry) are toasting Dr. Watson (Jude Law) on his last night of bachelorhood. It is there that Holmes encounters Sim (Noomi Rapace), a gypsy fortune teller, who sees more than she is telling and whose unwitting involvement in the prince’s murder makes her the killer’s next target. Holmes barely manages to save her life and, in return, she reluctantly agrees to help him. The investigation becomes ever more dangerous as it leads Holmes, Watson and Sim across the continent, from England to France to Germany and finally to Switzerland. But the cunning Moriarty is always one step ahead as he spins a web of death and destruction—all part of a greater plan that, if he succeeds, will change the course of history.”

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Directed by Guy Ritchie, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows is released in the UK and US on December 16th.

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