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What If ‘Lupin’ & ‘Sherlock Holmes’ Met? Show Creator Confirms It’s On The Cards

today8 February 2021


If you haven’t seen the Gentleman Burglar in action, please – stop reading, you know what to do. I’ll wait.



Done? Cool, cool, cool, cool, cool. Okay so,Β  after that crazy cliffhanger in episode 5, fans were left wondering: is that it??? Thankfully, no. We’ll get to see the modern-day ArsΓ¨ne Lupin embodied by Assane Diop (and played by Omar Sy) continue his journey for vindication/the truth/revenge when the summer rolls around (mid-2021). Now, we’re left with so many questions after part one, but one question that’s been thrown around has been: could we see the Consulting Detective, Sherlock Holmes, and the Gentleman Burglar meet? In the original books by Maurice Leblanc, there is a short story titled, ‘Sherlock Holmes Arrives Too Late’. This story was introduced in 1906, almost 20 years after Sherlock Holmes was first introduced by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. However, because Doyle objected to the use of his character in Leblanc’s’ tale, his name was later changed to Herlock Sholmes. This minor change (really, ‘Herlock’??) was – thankfully – allowed, thus getting us to this point: will we see SHerlock in ‘Lupin’?Β  Show co-creator George Kay says “having that kind of level of fun would be really cool,”.



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Speaking to, Kay addressed the possibility of the crossover.


“Speaking really honestly, there have been [discussions]. There’s some ideas circling around that, that I have, that I’m really interested to explore.”


He went on to elaborate:


“The Arsene Lupin fanbase, which is evident within the show, would have to lock antlers with the Sherlock Holmes fanbase – you want to take it to a really meta-level. Having that kind of level of fun would be really cool, and it’s not something we haven’t discussed.”




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However, keeping in mind that Assane is a character that’s a fan of and inspired by the novel’s ‘ArsΓ¨ne Lupin’ – and not the actual Gentleman Burglar –Β  we might see a similar vein with Herlock. Meaning, yes, it’s highly unlikely that we’ll see BBC’s Benedict Cumberbatch appear in the Netflix show. BUT, there is another ‘Sherlock’, one from Netflix too – Henry Cavill’s character from ‘Enola Holmes’. Whatever the case, let’s hope the idea does come to fruition – who wouldn’t want to see Lupin go up against his frenemy?



*Cover image credits: @lupinnetflixtv / @sherlockhgram

Written by: Marissa Anne

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