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Will Ferrell and John C Reilly reunite for Sherlock Holmes comedy

John C Reilly and Will Ferrell Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Holmes and Watson will be John C Reilly and Will Ferrell's third film together

Will Ferrell and John C Reilly are to reunite to play comedic versions of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson.

The actors previously appeared together in 2006's Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby and again in 2008 for Step Brothers.

Etan Cohen, who directed Ferrell in Get Hard last year, will direct the comedy from his own self-penned script.

According to Deadline, production on the film - to be called Holmes and Watson - will begin in November.

Ferrell will play Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous sleuth, while Reilly will portray his dependable companion.

Recent film versions of the author's famous stories have starred Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law in the iconic roles.

Holmes and Watson have also appeared in the BBC's Sherlock and US series Elementary, both of which transplanted the characters to the modern day.

Ferrell was seen earlier this year in Zoolander 2 and will be seen again later this year in James Franco's directorial debut Zeroville.

Reilly, recently seen in UK cinemas in Tale of Tales, will next be heard as the voice of a sheep in animated comedy Sing.

In addition to Talladega Nights and Step Brothers, he also made a cameo appearance in Ferrell's 2013 release Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.

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