Lucy Liu to Play Watson in Sherlock Holmes TV Pilot ELEMENTARY; New Story Details Revealed

After recently announcing that Johnny Lee Miller landed the role of Holmes in the upcoming CBS pilot, which will modernize the famous detective's mythology created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, new details have been revealed about the two iconic main characters.

CBS will now attempt to capitalize on the Sherlock Holmes popularity which has hit a fever pitch in recent years thanks to two Warner Bros films Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law and a BBC television series starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. The new pilot, titled Elementary, is a contemporary take on the cases of the pipe-smoking private eye that will based in New York City. It is being written by Rob Doherty for CBS TV Studios and studio-based Timberman/Beverly Productions.

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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.

Jonny Lee Miller (Trainspotting, Dexter, Eli Stone) will be playing the role of Sherlock Holmes; he can next be seen in the Tim Burton TV-to-film horror project Dark Shadows starring Johnny Depp. It's now been revealed that Lucy Liu (Ally McBeal, Charlie's Angels will be playing the role of Watson; her next feature film role will be in The Man With The Iron Fists

Other details have also surfaced thanks to Deadline.com:

- Eccentric Brit Sherlock Holmes is a former consultant to Scotland Yard whose addiction problems led him to a rehab center in New York City

- Just out of rehab, Holmes lives in Brooklyn with "sober companion" Joan Watson [changed from the traditional John]

- Watson is a former surgeon who lost her license after a patient died while consulting for the New York Police Department