James Maslow, the “Big Time Rush” star set to appear on the big screen in the upcoming feature “Wild for the Night,” has signed on to play Dr. Watson in the latest stage version of “Sherlock Holmes.”
He’ll appear alongside David Arquette in the national touring production of the play, a steampunk interpretation that, it was recently announced, will also star Renee Olstead (“Still Standing,” “The Secret Life of the American Teenager”). When the actor initially set to play Watson, Michael Trevino (“The Vampire Diaries”), had to exit “Sherlock Holmes,” producers approached Maslow.
“I said ‘Hell, yeah!’” recalled Maslow. “I miss being on tour. Going out there on the road and seeing the country and meeting the fans, I miss that. And theater’s one of the hardest things you can do, so I’m excited to prove that I can do it.”
Maslow has toured previously as a member of the band Big Time Rush, most recently hitting the road in 2014. His screen credits also include the Sony Crackle series “Sequestered” as well as a lead role in Lifetime’s V.C. Andrews adaptation “Seeds of Yesterday.”
Written by Greg Kramer and directed by Andrew Shaver, the North American touring production of “Sherlock” launches at the Ricardo Montalban Theater in L.A. Oct. 15, with further stops to include Toronto, Chicago and Washington, D.C. There are no plans for a New York run as of now.
The production is currently in rehearsal, and Maslow said he’s still at work developing his take on Watson. “He started out being somewhat posh, but now we’re thinking of making him a little more South London,” he said.
Maslow is repped by Paradigm and Brillstein.