A couple weeks ago we reported that The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo star Noomi Rapace landed the role of the female lead in the sequel to the 2009 hit, Sherlock Holmes. It was then that we learned that Guy Ritchie plans on bringing another Holmes into the fold, Sherlock’s brother Mycroft. Actor Stephen Fry will play the role as Robert Downey Jr’s older sibling.

Mycroft is Sherlock’s older brother (by 7 years) and he’s extremely intelligent but lacks the motivation and physical capacity to be a full on detective.

According to Wikipedia‘s character description. 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”

Have you ever seen a photo of Mycroft? Fry looks just like him! That’s some pretty accurate casting. Here’s what the actor had to say about his new gig.

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.

This should be interesting.

What do you think of Stephen Fry playing Mycroft? Is he the right choice?

Source: Bleeding Cool