Saturday, September 25, 2010

Stephen Fry to Play Mycroft Holmes in Sherlock Holmes II

Mycroft Holmes

This morning on the Danny Baker Show on BBC5 (podcast, about 52½ minutes in), guest Stephen Fry talked briefly about his upcoming role in the sequel to the film 2009 Sherlock Holmes.

I’m playing Mycroft in the sequel to the Sherlock Holmes film Guy Ritchie directed with Robert Downey Jr., and that sort of part is fun, but just once in a while to play a genuine all round sort of lead figure with complexity and tragedy and wit and all the sort of things that Oscar had was a once in a lifetime thrill.

Mycroft is the older brother of Sherlock Holmes, and is often referred to in the canon as the smarter, if less physically inclined, of the two. "Again and again I have taken a problem to him," says Holmes in "The Adventure of the Green Interpreter", "and have received an explanation which has afterwards proved to be the correct one. And yet he was absolutely incapable of working out the practical points."

The "Oscar" Fry refers to in his statement is Oscar Wilde, the character he played in the 1997 film Wilde opposite Jude Law, who plays Dr. John Watson in Sherlock and its sequel. Robert Downey Jr. stars as Sherlock Holmes.

Fry most recently appeared as the voice of the Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland and as Dr. Gordon Wyatt, a semi-recurring role on the television series Bones.

Filming for Sherlock Holmes II begins later this year, with a scheduled release date of December 16, 2011.

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