CBS has cast Lucy Liu to play Watson in their new Sherlock Holmes series, ‘Elementary’. Liu will be playing an ex-surgeon and former NYPD consultant in this new series who will be Holmes’ new faithful companion. In this adaptation Holmes will be a recovering addict and former Scotland Yard consultant played by Johnny Lee Miller. Now apparently when news of Watson being played by an actress spread, there were a few naysayers who did not like this decision.
The Guardian’s Stuart Heritage is clearly conflicted about the casting news: “Now, the easiest thing to do when presented with this news would be to slap your head in despair. Watson? A woman? What madness is this? Won’t this cancel out the asexual ambiguity of Sherlock’s character? Why stop there? Why not make Watson a child, or a alien, or a rapping cartoon animal? But, look, let’s all calm down.”
Buzzfeed’s JP Moore seems to take greater umbrage with the idea. He made a side-by-side photo of Liu and Martin Freeman, who plays Dr. John Watson on the BBC’s “Sherlock,” with the following text:
On Liu: “This is not what Watson looks like.” On Freeman: “This is what Watson looks like. Please stop.”
Is it really that difficult to accept the idea of the character of Watson being female? Seriously? I mean this isn’t the first time the role of Watson was played by an actress. In the 1971 film ‘They Might Be Giants‘ actress Joanne Woodward portrayed the role of Dr. Mildred Watson, a psychiatric who treated a patient (George C. Scott) who believes that he’s Sherlock Holmes. Also in 1987 in the TV movie ‘The Return of Sherlock Holmes‘ actress Margaret Colin played the role of Jane Watson. Personally I don’t mind if Watson is played by an actress or actor and the same goes to the role of Sherlock Holmes. It’s an ADAPTATION people as long as it’s good people will watch it. And thanks to the awesome modern retelling of BBC’s ‘Sherlock’ I can’t wait to check out CBS’s ’Elementary’.
Source [The Washington Post]