British actor Stephen Fry announced over the weekend on BBC radio that he will be playing Sherlock Holmes’ brother Mycroft in the upcoming sequel to director Guy Ritchie’s 2009 hit Sherlock Holmes. For those unfamiliar with Arthur Conan Doyle’s original Holmes stories, Mycroft was Sherlock’s smarter brother, though he never had the ambition to fully use that intellect. He also has a vague but powerful connection to the British government.
While I think the casting of the erudite Fry is a pretty good call, I’m not sure that I see a family resemblance between him and Robert Downey Jr.
Sherlock Holmes 2 starts shooting later this year for a December 2011 release.