Jonny Lee Miller is to play Sherlock Holmes in a new US TV drama.

The 'Trainspotting' actor will take on the lead role of the legendary detective in a pilot for US network CBS entitled 'Elementary', Deadline reports.

The show - which will be based on the books by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - will feature Sherlock living in New York City rather than London's Baker Street.

Michael Cuesta is set to direct the project, which has been written by Robert Doherty and will see Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly executive produce.

Johnny recently starred alongside Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays the titular character in BBC One's 'Sherlock', in 'Frankenstein' at London's National Theatre.

Last month, 'Sherlock' producer Sue Vertue said the prospect of creating a "modernised" Sherlock Holmes is "extremely worrying" as she is concerned CBS' remake may overlap with the UK twist on the show.

She said: "At the time, they made great assurances about their integrity, so we have to assume that their modernised Sherlock Holmes doesn't resemble ours in any way, as that would be extremely worrying. We are very proud of our show and like any proud parent, will protect the interest and wellbeing of our offspring."