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On the heels of yesterday’s character posters, and ahead of this afternoon’s trailer preview on Entertainment Tonight, USA Today has premiered four new images for Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, director Guy Ritchie’s sequel to his 2009 hit. They stills are on the smallish side, to be certain, but they provide us with a better look as Jared Harris (Mad Men) as criminal mastermind Moriarty, and with more shots of Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law as Sherlock Holmes and John Watson, and Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) as the Gypsy Sim.
The Warner Bros. film, which also features Stephen Fry as Sherlock’s brother Mycroft and the return of Rachel McAdams as Irene Adler, follows Holmes and Watson as they pursue the murderous Moriarty. According to the newspaper, A Game of Shadows draws inspiration from Arthur Conan Doyle’s 1893 short story “The Final Problem,” which introduced Holmes’ arch-nemesis.
The first trailer for Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows arrives online Wednesday and in theaters Friday. The film opens on Dec. 16.