Robert Downey Jr. as Perry Mason?

Robert Downey Jr. as Sherlock Holmes from Guy Ritchie’s 2009 filmAccording to Variety, Robert Downey Jr. is teaming with Warner Brothers to star in a Perry Mason project to be set back in 1930’s L.A., a temptation for any director or cinematographer, I’d think.  Secretary Della Street will be there, too, and that’s also a tempting role needing plenty of pluck and red lipstick.  Will it work?  Well, RDJ did re-boot Sherlock Holmes as a bloody-knuckled action star to enough acclaim that the sequel Game of Shadows will be out next month. 

Erle Stanley Gardner’s Perry Mason novel The Case of the Negligent NymphSo, perhaps he’ll re-cast Erle Stanley Gardner’s famous defense attorney as a fast-talking charmer? He’ll have to do something different with Mason, because it’s impossible to imagine him delivering the stolid and sonorous pronouncements of Raymond Burr, who played the role so buttoned-up, that he even did field investigations in a suit and tie.

Then again, looking at some of the vintage covers from Gardner’s 82 (!) novels, maybe Robert Downey Jr. is just the guy.

Image via Shadow & Light.


  1. Deborah Lacy

    I don’t think I’m ready for this one quite yet.

  2. sandra kraft

    Yum! Bring life to Perry Mason.

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