The game is on, people, as Sherlock is getting a female-led reboot – and we’re here for it. Miss Sherlock will see women playing both lead roles of detective Sherlock Holmes, as well as Dr Watson. Created by Hulu Japan and HBO Asia, the eight-part series will be set in modern-day Tokyo, Japan.
Sherlock will be played by Yuko Takeuchi while Dr Watson / Dr Wato Tachibana is played by Shihori Kanjiya. A first look trailer for the new series calls the show ‘the most beautiful Sherlock ever’. A description for the show reads: ‘What if Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson were in present day Japan?
And what if they were both Japanese women (Takeuchi Yuko, Kanjiya Shihori)?’
In 2012, Sherlock spin-off Elementary was launched in the US featuring Jonny Lee Miller in the title role of Sherlock Holmes and Lucy Liu as Dr Watson. Benedict Cumberbatch starred as Sherlock in the BBC One version, alongside Martin Freeman as Dr Watson – though fans might have to wait for a fifth series, according to series co-creator Mark Gatiss.
Uncertainty has hung over series five of Sherlock ever since series four wrapped back in January, with Mark Gatiss previously casting doubt on its future, but now he’s offered his bleakest analysis yet. Speaking to UKTV podcast A Stab In The Dark, Gatiss reiterated how the schedules of main stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman is a troublesome beast to manage. On the podcast, Mark said: ‘It’s not lack of will – it’s a nightmare to schedule. It was very, very hard to schedule the last series, because of Martin and Benedict’s availability. And Steve [Moffat, co-creator]’s and mine.’