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Jonny Lee Miller cast as Sherlock Holmes in US show Elementary

Jonny Lee Miller

Story by Jack Foley

JONNY Lee Miller has been cast as Sherlock Holmes in a US TV update of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous detective stories.

The British Trainspotting star will play the world-famous sleuth in the pilot episode of Elementary for CBS.

The pilot will be set in contemporary New York and, if picked up by the network, could be turned into a full series in time for the autumn.

The show would be something of a rival to the BBC’s contemporary version of Sherlock, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead role.

Ironically, both Miller and Cumberbatch appeared on stage together last year in the National Theatre’s Frankenstein, alternating the key roles for director Danny Boyle.

Miller is no stranger to US TV having played the title role in legal drama Eli Stone and a recurring character in the fifth season of Dexter.

Elementary is one of two new pilots based on revered characters from literary and film history.

The second is Hannibal, a newly commissioned drama based on Thomas Harris’s Hannibal “The Cannibal” Lecter, for NBC.

If successfully commissioned into a series, Hannibal will focus on serial killer Lecter and FBI agent Will Graham in the early stages of their relationship.

It will be written and executive produced by Bryan Fuller, of Pushing Daisies fame, although it is not yet known who will be cast in the respective roles of Lecter and Graham.

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