Jonny Lee Miller to Play Sherlock Holmes in Upcoming CBS Pilot ELEMENTARY

The network is currently developing a pilot based on the famous detective created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and the Trainspotting actor has landed the lead role.

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The Sherlock Holmes character has gotten a lot of mainstream exposure recently. Last December, Warner Bros Pictures released the action-packed sequel Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law. BBC has also aired the second season of their hit show Sherlock starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in the two leads. Now, CBS is attempting to get in on the action with Elementary, a contemporary take on the cases of the pipe-smoking private eye that will based in New York City.

The new pilot is being written by Rob Doherty for CBS TV Studios and studio-based Timberman/Beverly Productions. Doherty will also executive produce along with Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly. The network recently hired Michael Cuesta, executive producer and pilot-director of Showtime's Homeland, to a multi-project deal; the first of which will be Elementary.

It's now been revealed that 39 year old actor Jonny Lee Miller (Trainspotting, Dexter, Eli Stone) will be playing the role of Holmes. At this time there is now word on further casting. Miller can next be seen in the Tim Burton TV-to-film horror project Dark Shadows.