Gnomeo & Juliet, you might recall, featured a lot of Elton John music (his company was behind the film), and the joy of Jason Statham as a Shakespearean talking garden gnome.
The sequel doesn’t have The Statham in it, sadly, but fingers crossed it can overcome that obstacle.
Sherlock Gnomes, then, instead features the voices of James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Maggie Smith, Michael Caine, Ashley Jensen, Matt Lucas, Stephen Merchant, Mary J Blige and Johnny Depp. And the first trailer and synopsis have landed.
Trailer first, because that’s the law…
And here’s the synopsis…
The beloved garden gnomes from GNOMEO AND JULIET are back for a whole new adventure in London. When Gnomeo and Juliet first arrive in the city with their friends and family, their biggest concern is getting their new garden ready for spring. However, they soon discover that someone is kidnapping garden gnomes all over London. When Gnomeo and Juliet return home to find that everyone in their garden is missing – there’s only one gnome to call… SHERLOCK GNOMES. The famous detective and sworn protector of London’s garden gnomes arrives with his sidekick Watson to investigate the case. The mystery will lead our gnomes on a rollicking adventure where they will meet all new ornaments and explore an undiscovered side of the city. This action-packed sequel features the voices of returning cast, James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Michael Caine, Maggie Smith, Stephen Merchant and Ozzy Osbourne, plus Johnny Depp as Sherlock Gnomes, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Watson and Mary J. Blige as Irene.
No official release date has been announced for the UK just yet, but we’d wager the first half of 2018.