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David Arquette to play Sherlock Holmes in new play

David Arquette has a new role, and it’s one we’re particularly excited about.

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According to The Star, the actor is leaving behind the silver screen and taking to the stage to play one of our favourite characters, Sherlock Holmes. Arquette will play the role of the brilliant detective in the late playwright Greg Kramer’s production of Sherlock Holmes — an original adaptation inspired by Scottish author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s story.

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And it’s a character he is particularly excited to portray.

“I am beyond excited to play one of the most loved characters in all literature, stage and screen,” Arquette said. “Some may think I’m an odd choice. I am. I’m odd, but thankfully, so is he.”

The play enjoyed great success in Montreal in 2013, under the direction of Andrew Shaver, and it will now be headed to Toronto.

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According to The Star, the play will have six preview performances in Los Angeles and then officially open at Toronto’s Ed Mirvish Theatre, with performances from Oct. 27 to Nov. 8, before going on a multi-city tour of the U.S. that includes Chicago and Washington, D.C.

The cast also includes The Vampire Diaries star Michael Trevino as Dr. John Watson — a role somewhat different from his brooding werewolf character, Tyler Lockwood. However, Trevino’s casting will hopefully entice a younger audience.

Is this a role you think David Arquette will be great in? Let us know your thoughts about the casting for Sherlock Holmes in the comments below.

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