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Lucy Liu Cast As Joan Watson In CBS' Sherlock Holmes 'Elementary' Pilot

Mon, February 27, 2012 8:33pm EDT by Russ Weakland 4 Comments

In a spectacular twist to the original Arthur Connan Doyle classic, the legendary Watson is switching genders from male to female as Lucy Liu joins fellow lead Jonny Lee Miller in a new look Sherlock Holmes drama called ‘Elementary.’

It’s obvious those in the casting department share the same brilliance of Lucy Liu‘s ultra-intelligent character, Joan Watson, and we can’t wait to see how awesome this new Sherlock Holmes-inspired show will become.

Our sister site,, has reported the twists don’t end with the change of sex. The series will also be set in present day and will also star Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock Holmes, a former consultant to Scotland Yard, whose addiction problems led him to a rehab center in New York City.

After getting his life back together, he starts living in Brooklyn with Joan Watson, who has problems of her own. Some would say this is a match made in heaven!

So HollywoodLifers, how great do you think Lucy Liu will be as Joan Watson? We think it’s brilliant!

Russ Weakland