Robert Downey Jr. entered the world of cinema at the age of five by appearing in his father and influential independent filmmaker Robert Downey Sr.’s 1970 film ‘Pound.’ Since then, Robert’s career as an actor has been nothing but a rollercoaster. From prison time to becoming the highest-paid actor in the world, his life saga is at times more incredible than the narratives of the films he has been a part of. As an actor, Robert has done it all. He plays Iron Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and has become one of the most recognized faces on the planet.
But it isn’t fair to limit Robert to Iron Man and the Marvel films he has done. He has collaborated with both David Fincher and Christopher Nolan, two of the most talented filmmakers of his generation, to deliver impressive performances in ‘Zodiac’ and ‘Oppenheimer.’ He became Sherlock Holmes for Guy Ritchie’s spectacles. Before all these films, he transformed himself into Richard Attenborough’s interpretation of Charlie Chaplin. Robert’s films always make one wait for his next and after watching his portrayal of Lewis Strauss in ‘Oppenheimer,’ our readers may want to know what to expect from him in the future. Here’s the list of all new and upcoming movies and TV shows of Robert Downey Jr.
1. The Sympathizer (2024)
Robert’s next release most likely will be ‘The Sympathizer,’ a historical series that revolves around a North Vietnamese spy who infiltrates the US refugee community in the 1970s. In the series, Robert plays several antagonist roles. Based on Viet Thanh Nguyen’s eponymous Pulitzer-winning novel, the series was co-developed, along with Don McKellar (‘The Grand Seduction’), and co-directed by Park Chan-wook, whose credits include ‘Oldboy,’ ‘The Handmaiden,’ and ‘Decision to Leave.’
HBO, A24, and Rhombus Media, in association with Cinetic Media and Moho Film, teamed up to produce the series for the network. Robert serves as an executive producer as well. The period drama is expected to premiere in 2024 but an exact date is not announced yet. You can watch the official teaser of the show here.
2. Average Height, Average Build (TBA)
After ‘Oppenheimer,’ Robert will once again become a part of a stellar ensemble cast in ‘Average Height, Average Build,’ directed by ‘Don’t Look Up’ director Adam McKay. The film revolves around a serial killer who seeks the help of a lobbyist to change laws that will allow him to get away with murder more easily. Robert is set to play a retired cop who dives deep into the murders committed by the serial killer. Robert Pattinson and Amy Adams will play the serial killer and lobbyist respectively. The cast of the film also includes Forest Whitaker (‘The Last King of Scotland’) and Danielle Deadwyler (‘Till’ and ‘The Harder They Fall’).
The production of the movie was delayed due to the SAG-AFTRA strike. Netflix then landed the project, which is being produced by McKay and the director’s producing partner Kevin Messick. Although not officially confirmed, the film is expected to be released in 2024.
3. Sherlock Holmes 3 (TBA)
‘Sherlock Holmes 3,’ the third installment in the ‘Sherlock Holmes’ franchise launched by Guy Ritchie, has been in development seemingly for over a decade. The film even had a release date of December 2021 but the cameras never started rolling for the project. After a point, even director Dexter Fletcher (‘Rocketman’ and ‘Ghosted’) admitted that the film is “on the back burner.” Having said that, the admirers of Robert’s interpretation of the timeless character may not need to lose hope. Susan Downey, the actor’s wife and producing partner, recently made it clear that the film hasn’t gotten shelved.
“So yes, it [‘Sherlock Holmes 3’] is in the hopper. We’re going to do it when it’s right, with the right people, but it is a priority for the company and a priority for Robert,” Susan revealed while talking on ‘UnWrapped.’ As per Ritchie, who directed the first two films of the franchise, the film’s fate depends upon Robert. “Well, honestly, I left this [‘Sherlock Holmes 3’] up to Robert. So Robert wanted to be in charge of this. The ball’s in his court, so he’s in charge of the script, he’s in charge of the whole thing. I’ve moonwalked out of that until there’s a time for me to get involved,” the filmmaker told Collider.
4. Untitled Vertigo Remake (TBA)
Paramount seems to be remaking Alfred Hitchcock’s 1958 classic psychological thriller “Vertigo,” with Robert Downey Jr playing the lead role of John “Scottie” Ferguson whom James Stewart played in the original. It is based on the 1954 novel “D’entre les morts” (From Among the Dead) by Boileau-Narcejac which is the pen name for the writing duo Pierrer Bolieau and Pierre Ayraud.
The film centers on John, a San Francisco police detective, whose vertigo underscored by his fear of heights has forced him into retirement. But when John is hired by a peer to tail the latter’s wife, Madeleine, he gets obsessed with the woman but is unable to save her as she jumps to her death. As his mental state worsens, he comes across another woman who reminds him of Madeleine. Is it really her? ‘Vertigo’ is Hitchcock at his best along with his writers Alec Coppel and Samuel Taylor and it waits to be seen which director is roped in to pay homage to one of the greatest filmmakers to have ever lived. Meanwhile, Steven Knight has been brought in to adapt the script a second time. Robert will be producing as well along with his wife Susan Downey via Team Downey Productions. Other than Robert, no other cast member has been revealed and we are yet to get any update about production and a potential year of release.
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