Jonny Lee Miller to Play Sherlock Holmes in New U.S. Show

Trainspotting and Hackers star Jonny Lee Miller has been cast as Sherlock Holmes in a U.S. version of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s canon of the fictional detective, to be called Elementary.

The news of a U.S. adaptation has been met with opposition by Sue Vertue, producer of British show Sherlock. Worried about the two shows having an overlap because of the modern setting, Vertue said recently that:

“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. We are very proud of our show and like any proud parent, will protect the interest and wellbeing of our offspring.”

A pilot of Elementary will be filmed over the coming months and, if successful, a full series will be commissioned on CBS in the Autumn.

Sherlock will return to the BBC for a third run, according to writers Steven Moffatt and Mark Gatiss. Although, with both Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman filming in major Hollywood blockbusters this year – Star Trek and The Hobbit, respectively – it is thought that 2013 will be the most likely date for said return.