Law and Robert Downey Jr last teamed up as Watson and Holmes in 2011

Jude Law has given an update on the planned third Sherlock Holmes movie from director Guy Ritchie.

Law and Robert Downey Jr teamed up to play Watson and Holmes in Ritchie’s 2009 film based on the famous sleuth created by Arthur Conan Doyle. Two years later, they reprised their roles for a sequel called Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows, which was also directed by Madonna’s ex.

Both films were big hits at the box office, grossing over $1 billion (£615 million) between them, and Warner Bros has hired Iron Man 3 screenwriter Drew Pearce to pen a third Sherlock Holmes adventure. However, progress so far has been slow and the project seems to have stalled.

“I think Warners want it and there’s a lot of want from us as team,” Law insisted in a new interview with Empire. “We want it to be better than the other two. We want to make sure it’s smarter and cleverer, but in the same realm.”

Explaining why the third film hasn’t got off the ground sooner, Law added: “It’s a slow process. We’re all busy. So getting us together to try to nail that has taken a little bit longer than we had hoped.”

Meanwhile, Law will soon be seen as a boozy bloated gangster in British crime flick Dom Hemingway, which opens in cinemas on November 15. Watch the trailer here.