Lucy Liu to play Watson in US Sherlock Holmes drama Elementary

The Charlie's Angels actress will star opposite Jonny Lee Miller in the American TV pilot

Charlie’s Angels actress Lucy Liu has been cast as Watson in the forthcoming US pilot Elementary.

She will star opposite Jonny Lee Miller, the former Trainspotting actor who will play a modern-day version of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s sleuth Sherlock Holmes.

According to, the character of Holmes will be a former consultant to Scotland Yard whose addiction problems landed him in a rehabilitation centre in New York. Now out of rehab, Holmes lives in Brooklyn with “sober companion” Joan Watson – a former surgeon who lost her licence following the death of a patient – while consulting for the NYPD.

Elementary is written by Robert Doherty and directed by Michael Cuesta.