New Game of Shadows Trailer Promises More Violence and Cross-Dressing For Sherlock Holmes

If the recipe for a good holiday blockbuster is three parts violence, one part witty banter and one part cross-dressing, then the new Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows trailer guarantees that this December's Robert Downey, Jr. sequel will be the best blockbuster all season. Paint on your heaviest blue eyeshadow, drag your quippy sidekick away from his newspaper and click through for the trailer.

Like 2009's Sherlock Holmes, A Game of Shadows is directed by Guy Ritchie and stars Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic bickering crime-solving duo. This time around though, the pair face-off against their archenemy Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris) with a new feisty female sidekick (original Girl with the Dragon Tattoo star Noomi Rapace) against a backdrop of explosions, slow-mo action sequences, gorgeous costumes and tightly choreographed umbrella fights.

Verdict: In spite of the fact that the cross-dressing gag is already old after two brief previews, I am still in.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows arrives in theaters December 16.