BBC's Sherlock is the gold standard for adaptations of the famed British detective. If the series got an American reboot, which actors should be cast?
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's stories about a mastermind detective with peculiar habits turned Sherlock Holmes into a beloved global icon. There have been so many different adaptations that one has lost count, but one that is clearly a cut above the rest is the BBC program created by Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat.
There already exists an Americanization of this narrative, Elementary, which stars Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu as Holmes and Watson, respectively. However, Sherlock here is still British, so the major difference is reserved for the NYC setting. To truly recast it in US terms would mean a complete overhaul of the cast list.
Sherlock Holmes — Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Joseph Gordon-Levitt can transform Benedict Cumberbatch's Sherlock into his own — roguishly charming, placid, and at ease with the world. This deviates slightly from Sherlock's standard attitude, but when in America, do as the Americans do.
The great thing about Gordon-Levitt is that he can switch from solemn rectitude to bubbly enthusiasm, which would be a treat to watch, especially after all the stiff upper lip Sherlocks in film and TV (except Robert Downey Jr., of course).