Multi-faceted thespian Stephen Fry will play Sherlock Holmes’ brother Mycroft in the upcoming Robert Downey Jr-starring sequel “Sherlock Holmes 2″.
“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,” Fry told Danny Baker’s radio show on BBC 5 (via The Hollywood News).
As Wikipedia reminds us, Mycroft Holmes possesses “deductive powers exceeding even those of his younger brother. Mycroft is nonetheless incapable of performing detective work similar to that of Sherlock as he is unwilling to put in the physical effort necessary to bring cases to their conclusions”.
...he has no ambition and no energy. He will not even go out of his way to verify his own solutions, and would rather be considered wrong than take the trouble to prove himself right. Again and again I have taken a problem to him, 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…
—Sherlock Holmes, speaking of his brother in “The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter”
Fry joins Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law and Noomi Rapace in “Sherlock Holmes 2″, out Dec 2011.