Lucy Liu to Play Dr. Watson in Sherlock Holmes Pilot

Celebrity News Feb. 28, 2012 AT 6:32PM
Lucy Liu to Play Dr. Watson in Sherlock Holmes Pilot Credit: Wendell Teodoro/

Elementary, my dear Watson!

Southland star Lucy Liu has signed on to play Sherlock Holmes' sidekick in the pilot for CBS' new drama, Elementary -- but she's not quite the Dr. Watson the books' author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, imagined.

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The actress, 43, will play Joan Watson, a former surgeon and sober companion to a fresh out of rehab Holmes, in the New York City-based modern day adaptation of the classic detective stories.

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Also appearing in the Michael Cuesta-directed pilot: Dexter's Jonny Lee Miller, 39, as Holmes.

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Liu, who is the first woman to play the role, will next appear on the big screen alongside Russell Crowe in this year's The Man with the Iron Fists.

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