Stephen Fry to play Mycroft Holmes in “Sherlock 2”
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) ñ Stephen Fry is the latest to jump aboard “Sherlock Holmes 2,” joining the sleuth sequel as Holmes’ brother, Mycroft Holmes.
The British actor-comedian, perhaps best known in America for his recurring role on TV’s “Bones” and for his BBC miniseries “Stephen Fry in America,” revealed the casting news on a BBC radio show.
Two weeks ago Noomi Rapace, the Swedish star of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” signed on as the female lead in the movie, which reunites Robert Downey Jr. as Holmes, Jude Law as Dr. Watson amd Guy Ritchie as the director.
In the books by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Mycroft Holmes is the famous detective’s more intelligent older brother. He holds a mysterious position high in the British government, but also happens to be lazier than Sherlock Holmes. Sources say the character in the sequel’s script is described as “an agoraphobic oddball.”
“Holmes 2” is scheduled to be released December 16, 2011.