Stephen Fry Cast as Mycroft in Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes 2

September 25, 2010
Source: Bleeding Cool

Stephen Fry

I'm still amazed that in two years time we'll already have a sequel to the first Sherlock Holmes, which just hit theaters Christmas last year. We know the same cast will be back, we know that Guy Ritchie is directing again, we know Noomi Rapace has joined, and we know the villain will be Moriarty (seen in the first movie), but time to add another name to the cast. On BBC's 5 Live today, as transcribed by Bleeding Cool (via The Playlist), beloved British actor Stephen Fry made an appearance and revealed that he is playing Mycroft, Holmes' older more intelligent brother, in WB's Sherlock Holmes 2, which starts shooting later this year.

"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 [Wilde] had was a once in a lifeftime thrill."

In Arthur Conan Doyle's stories, Mycroft Holmes is a more intelligent detective who has deductive powers exceeding even those of his younger brother, but is nonetheless incapable of performing any work similar to that of Sherlock as he is unwilling to put in the physical effort necessary to bring cases to their conclusions. Can't think of more perfect casting for this than Stephen Fry. I wonder how big of a role Mycroft actually has in the sequel? Either way, with Rapace joining as well as Mycroft and Moriarty getting big roles, it looks like they're really trying to expand the Sherlock Holmes universe in bigger, exciting ways this time around. That should make fans happy, I just hope they can deliver a movie as entertaining as the first one. Sound good?

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I'm pretty much incoherent with joy about this. As a Brit I think Mr Fry needs a bigger audience - his awesomeness needs to be shared worldwide. I think this role is perfect for him. If anyone is unaware of his skills, check out 'Wilde' (a serious film role about Oscar Wilde, and played very skilfully by Fry), and for humour the TV series 'A Bit of Fry and Laurie', and, of course, 'Blackadder' (series 2 and 4 and a guest role in 3).

Jo on Sep 25, 2010


What is this 'humour'? I do not know this word. But I agree, Stephen Fry is the tits.

Matty on Sep 25, 2010


Awesome! This movie is just getting better and better.

JTMoney on Sep 25, 2010


Stephen Fry is the closest us Brits have to a national treasure and his casting is sure to let a wider audience enjoy his talents. Bravo.

Bash on Sep 25, 2010


I prefer to tell people to watch Kingdom tv series and Who Do You Think You Are episode.

Brian on Sep 25, 2010


@ Jo- As an American, I think he needs a bigger audience too. He doesn't seem to be too much of a household name around here, but anyone who knows about him thinks he's great. Send us more!

Paul on Sep 25, 2010


FUCK YES! and I'm American. Whoop-de-freaking-doo.

Alice on Sep 25, 2010


He does have some experience in Hollywood as prooved in Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland.

Jezza on Sep 26, 2010


one of the best brit actors i can think of, sounds perfect for the role

harrison on Sep 26, 2010


YESSSSSSSSS, I absolutely adore Stephen Fry and I think he fits perfect for this role. Can't wait for the film, from this time even more!!!

Christina on Sep 26, 2010


It's that dude from Bones

James Birdsong on Sep 26, 2010


I'm an american as well, and I'm really excited to see Stephen Fry in the next movie. I'm not familar with his work outside of "Alice in Wonderland" and the TV show "Bones" but from what I've seen he is a terffic actor. Too bad they could not have found a recurring role for him in the Harry Potter franchise.

Bill on Dec 26, 2010

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