Lucy Liu cast as Watson in Sherlock Holmes TV pilot
An Asian American woman in the "Dr. John Watson" sidekick role is just one twist in store for the upcoming CBS show.
by Ada Tseng
Date Published: 02/28/2012
Lucy Liu at the Australian premiere of Kung Fu Panda 2. Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images AsiaPac.
The news that Lucy Liu has been cast as Watson in the upcoming CBS TV pilot has both confused and intrigued readers. However, according to The Washington Post, this isn't the first time Watson's been played by a woman: Joanne Woodward played Dr. Mildred Watson in the 1971 film They Might Be Giants. In comparison, these are the men who have played Watson in the past: Jude Law, Nigel Bruce, Roland Young, Reginald Owen, Ben Kingsley, Arthur Lowe, Dudley Moore, James Mason, Robert Duvall and Ian Hart -- according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Liu will play Watson to Jonny Lee Miller's Sherlock Holmes in the re-vamp of Arthur Conan Doyle's classic story, which takes place in New York.
Liu is most known for her role in Drew Barrymore's modern take on Charlies Angels, as well as her character Ling on Ally McBeal. More recently, she has had a recurring role on TNT's Southland.