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

09.27.2010

In a stroke of rather brilliant casting, the awesome Stephen Fry (ALICE IN WONDERLAND, V FOR VENDETTA) has been cast as Mycroft Holmes, the older, smarter, and infinitely lazier brother of Sherlock in SHERLOCK HOLMES 2.

During the Danny Baker Show on BBC Radio's 5 Live, Fry revealed that he would be starring in director Guy Ritchie's upcoming HOLMES sequel:

"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 lifetime thrill."

I absolutely love this description of Mycroft, taken from Holmes author Arthur Conan Doyle's The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans (via Wikipedia):

"Heavily built and massive, there was a suggestion of uncouth physical inertia in the figure, but above this unwieldy frame there was perched a head so masterful in its brow, so alert in its steel-gray, deep-set eyes, so firm in its lips, and so subtle in its play of expression, that after the first glance one forgot the gross body and remembered only the dominant mind."

Apart from knowing that arch-nemesis Moriarty will be the sequel's antagonist, not much else is known about the film. But with Mycroft/Fry in the equation now, I already can't wait to hear the what's sure to be hilarious banter between him and Robert Downey Jr.

SHERLOCK HOLMES 2 - which stars RDJ, Jude Law, Rachel McAdams, and Noomi Rapace - opens December 16, 2011.

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7:45AM on 09/28/2010
British newspaper the Guardian is reporting today that Brad Pitt, Russell Crowe and Daniel Day Lewis are being considered for Moriarty! Interesting stuff!
British newspaper the Guardian is reporting today that Brad Pitt, Russell Crowe and Daniel Day Lewis are being considered for Moriarty! Interesting stuff!
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2:28AM on 09/28/2010

Sean Connery for Moriarty

awesome news!!
awesome news!!
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9:57PM on 09/27/2010

Good News

All the news for the Sherlock sequel has been great so far, and this is just icing on the cake. Fry has an amazing ability to appear smug without coming off like a jerk (no wonder he's playing RDJ's brother!), and he can rattle off intelligent dialogue with speed and ease (just watch him as the barber in one of the first episodes of "A Bit of Fry & Laurie")...That said, I've been hoping and hoping that Hugh Laurie would take on the role of Moriarty, but IMDB and other sources seem convinced its
All the news for the Sherlock sequel has been great so far, and this is just icing on the cake. Fry has an amazing ability to appear smug without coming off like a jerk (no wonder he's playing RDJ's brother!), and he can rattle off intelligent dialogue with speed and ease (just watch him as the barber in one of the first episodes of "A Bit of Fry & Laurie")...That said, I've been hoping and hoping that Hugh Laurie would take on the role of Moriarty, but IMDB and other sources seem convinced its going to Day-Lewis. But Day-Lewis is just too big-you know what I mean? Like I just don't feel like he could share the screen the way he would need to here. I'm not trying to be mean, he's a brilliant actor-GANGS OF NY and THERE WILL BE BLOOD were two of the best performances of the decade. I just don't feel he's right for this role. Laurie, on the other hand, has shown some great dramatic intensity on "House MD", and he could certainly use the attention. It would be great to see him getting some big screen time. And, as has been said, it would just make things come full circle. I don't know how many scenes Mycroft and Moriarty would have together, but Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie have displayed amazing chemistry in shows like "A Bit of Fry & Laurie", "Jeeves & Wooster" and "Black Adder". It would just make sense for them both to take on these parts that would fit them both as individuals so well, and would bring them back together. That said, can't you picture Laurie and RDJ playing off each other's sarcasm?
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6:26PM on 09/27/2010
Laurie is okay but I really hope they get somebody with a lot of gravitas, like Day Lewis.
Laurie is okay but I really hope they get somebody with a lot of gravitas, like Day Lewis.
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1:05PM on 09/27/2010
i enjoyed the first movie a lot. this one just keeps sounding better.
i enjoyed the first movie a lot. this one just keeps sounding better.
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12:55PM on 09/27/2010
Fannnnnnnnnnntastic. This project seems to be shaping up quite nicely. That cast list is pretty impressive (McAdams aside).
Fannnnnnnnnnntastic. This project seems to be shaping up quite nicely. That cast list is pretty impressive (McAdams aside).
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12:31PM on 09/27/2010

Brilliant!

As if I wasn't already very excited for this movie add Fry and it's perfect. If only Hugh Laurie were to be Moriarty.
As if I wasn't already very excited for this movie add Fry and it's perfect. If only Hugh Laurie were to be Moriarty.
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11:11AM on 09/27/2010

Awsome-sauce!

this is great news! I can't wait for the new Holmes.
how about Hugh Laurie as Moriarty? I think that would be fantastic
this is great news! I can't wait for the new Holmes.
how about Hugh Laurie as Moriarty? I think that would be fantastic
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11:00AM on 09/27/2010

As much as I love Fry

I did find the first Sherlock Holmes to be an extremely predictable and average buddy cop comedy.

Now BBC's Sherlock? Therin lies a fun updating of a sleuthing classic with two well chosen (and British) leads doing some actual detective work as opposed to having ridiculous fight scenes and jumping out of windows.
I did find the first Sherlock Holmes to be an extremely predictable and average buddy cop comedy.

Now BBC's Sherlock? Therin lies a fun updating of a sleuthing classic with two well chosen (and British) leads doing some actual detective work as opposed to having ridiculous fight scenes and jumping out of windows.
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10:59AM on 09/27/2010
Cool. Just hope they dont cast Brad Pitt as Moriarty like was rumored a while back.
(shudder).... I like Pitt but.... No.
Cool. Just hope they dont cast Brad Pitt as Moriarty like was rumored a while back.
(shudder).... I like Pitt but.... No.
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10:38AM on 09/27/2010

Sherlock...

have you guys seen bbc sherlock ...i think it was a awesome concept sherlock in contemporary times ...and the acting too is superb
have you guys seen bbc sherlock ...i think it was a awesome concept sherlock in contemporary times ...and the acting too is superb
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10:24AM on 09/27/2010

Hugh Laurie Next?

Now this is likely wishful thinking, but it seems this would be a great way to bait Hugh Laurie into signing as Moriarty, which would be excellent casting. Laurie and Fry are good friends and have worked together for most of their careers. Maybe Fry can convince him to join the cast. Imagine Laurie as the villain. Who wouldn't love it?
Now this is likely wishful thinking, but it seems this would be a great way to bait Hugh Laurie into signing as Moriarty, which would be excellent casting. Laurie and Fry are good friends and have worked together for most of their careers. Maybe Fry can convince him to join the cast. Imagine Laurie as the villain. Who wouldn't love it?
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10:16AM on 09/27/2010
Awesome actor and totally looks like he could be RDJ's older brother.
Awesome actor and totally looks like he could be RDJ's older brother.
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9:37AM on 09/27/2010
For one this is great casting, despite the fact that I did not know that Sherlock had a brother. The first one was a great movie and this should be the type of sequel that should be better than the original. The banter between Downey Jr, Fry, and Law should be great.

Has it been confirmed that McAdams is returning for the sequel?
For one this is great casting, despite the fact that I did not know that Sherlock had a brother. The first one was a great movie and this should be the type of sequel that should be better than the original. The banter between Downey Jr, Fry, and Law should be great.

Has it been confirmed that McAdams is returning for the sequel?
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10:53AM on 09/27/2010
Leaving out the books, RDJ did actually mention him in the movie when Law and he were in prison. Something about going to his brother Mycroft's estate in the country for some R&R
Leaving out the books, RDJ did actually mention him in the movie when Law and he were in prison. Something about going to his brother Mycroft's estate in the country for some R&R
9:07AM on 09/27/2010
LOVE him as Dr. Gordon Gordon in Bones, Brilliant casting , can't wait!
LOVE him as Dr. Gordon Gordon in Bones, Brilliant casting , can't wait!
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8:51AM on 09/27/2010

Nice

I only caught SH the other day for the first time and was quite entertained. Can't wait for this one.
I only caught SH the other day for the first time and was quite entertained. Can't wait for this one.
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8:46AM on 09/27/2010
That's awesome casting! Very inspired and very inspirING.

Now for the love of the gods...pray...they do NOT cast D-Day [link] Lewis as Moriarity!!!
That's awesome casting! Very inspired and very inspirING.

Now for the love of the gods...pray...they do NOT cast D-Day [link] Lewis as Moriarity!!!
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8:32AM on 09/27/2010

The bbc series has nothing on this!!!

When the first sherlock was announced i was very wary of it but after seeing it i love it (its not true sherlock but its fun and beter than the bbc series) and wih the announcement of daniel day lewis and now stephen fry this has all the makings of being FUCKING EPIC i seriously cant wait!!
When the first sherlock was announced i was very wary of it but after seeing it i love it (its not true sherlock but its fun and beter than the bbc series) and wih the announcement of daniel day lewis and now stephen fry this has all the makings of being FUCKING EPIC i seriously cant wait!!
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8:25AM on 09/27/2010

Excellent

Stephen Fry is awesome, the guy oozes character. I truly can't wait to see the banter between him & RDJ. Choosing Fry makes all the sense in the world.
Stephen Fry is awesome, the guy oozes character. I truly can't wait to see the banter between him & RDJ. Choosing Fry makes all the sense in the world.
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8:08AM on 09/27/2010
Stephen Fry is awesome & is very much under used as an actor. Can't wait for this! The BBC are airing a Sherlock TV series with a modern take & I was disappointed with their casting of Mycroft but Fry will own this.
Stephen Fry is awesome & is very much under used as an actor. Can't wait for this! The BBC are airing a Sherlock TV series with a modern take & I was disappointed with their casting of Mycroft but Fry will own this.
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7:37AM on 09/27/2010

Wow

Brilliant! =)
Brilliant! =)
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7:26AM on 09/27/2010
Honestly, if they kept the actor who will play the villain a secret only revealed in the movie, I really wouldnt mind
Honestly, if they kept the actor who will play the villain a secret only revealed in the movie, I really wouldnt mind
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