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Robert Downey, Jr. To Star In ‘Sherlock Holmes’ Sequel Instead Of ‘Cowboys & Indians’

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The LA Times reported yesterday that Robert Downey, Jr. will not be starring in the special effects-laden sci-fi epic Cowboys & Aliens, based on the graphic novel series by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg. The story centers on a group of sinister aliens who land in the old West –Arizona to be exact– with the intention of enslaving all of the townspeople they come across. But their plan goes awry when the fearless cowboys begin fighting back. Needless to say, this will be an expensive production for Dreamworks.

A source now tells Entertainment Weekly that Downey left Cowboys & Indians so that he can reprise his role as Sherlock Holmes in an upcoming sequel to the current hit (Sherlock Holmes, directed by Guy Ritchie, has so far grossed almost $300 million worldwide). Both movies are scheduled to begin shooting this summer at around the same time.

Cowboys & Indians would have reunited Downey with his Iron Man director Jon Favreau, who will continue on the project regardless.

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