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OTRC: Jude Law praises Noomi Rapace in 'Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows' - See video

Jude Law talks 'Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows' in this promotional video provided by Warner Bros. Pictures in December 2011. (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Jude Law has nothing but praise for his new co-star Noomi Rapace in "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows." In fact, Law says he couldn't imagine any other actress stepping into Noomi's role as Sim.

"Noomi is just about the only person in the world I can imagine playing her [Sim]," Law said in an interview provided by Warner Bros. Pictures. "Noomi is a great combination of being incredibly feminine and very touching and also very tough."

"She's a great addition to this duo," the actor added. "She stands up for herself, she helps us out -- this is the character ... and indeed Noomi -- she helps us out and she also has her own emotional story and it adds great weight to our journey. "

Rapace already became a worldwide star after starring in "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" trilogy and now the actress is poised to catch the eye of American audiences with "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows" and Ridley Scott's upcoming film "Prometheus."

The first "Sherlock Holmes" film introduced the main characters detective Sherlock Holmes, (Downey Jr.) and his sidekick Dr. John Watson (Law). The sequel sees them investigating the death of the Crown Prince of Austria and is set for release on December 16.

In "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows," Holmes teams up with a Gypsy fortune teller named Sim, played by Rapace. The detective and Watson travel the world to try and stop the evil Professor James Moriarty, played by Jared Harris of "Mad Men" fame. Rachel McAdams reprises her role as Holmes' love interest, Irene Adler.

The comedic relationship between Jude Law and Robert Downey Jr. helped make "Sherlock Holmes" a great success when it first came out in 2009. The film grossed over $209 million domestically and Law said the key to making this film work was finding their timing again.

"To be honest the one thing I was scared about coming to the second was would we be able to just pick it up again or was it something that just happened," Law said. "From the get go, from the rehearsals over at Robert's house prior to filming we really slipped straight back into it."

"If anything, because we didn't have to get to know each other, this one, I hope has benefit benefited from the back that we were working that process from before shooting rather than discovering it as we went along.

"Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows" is slated for release on December 16. Watch a trailer below.

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