My god! Warner Bros has finally past all our expectations when it comes to casting for Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes 2. The last news we heard from the casting couch for the sequel to the largely successful adaption of the classic Arthur Conan Doyle crime-fiction novels, was the casting of Girl With A Dragon Tattoo star Noomi Rapace had joined the already star studded cast — including (rumored) Daniel Day-Lewis, Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law and now Stephen Fry!
Fry confirmed that he would indeed be in Sherlock 2, along with the his character, Mycroft Holmes, the smarter half of the Holmes bloodline but rather more effortless than his brother Sherlock. Described on his Wikipedia page as “Possessing 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.”
Which goes on to quote Sherlock Holmes describing his brother in the Conan-Doyle novel The Adventure Of The Greek Interpreter, saying “..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…” Meaning he may have the brain power, but no will power so to speak. But brainier or not Im sure the character, as long as Fry does what he always does, will do just fine.
So thats another cast spot filled, now we just have the position of chalk-dusting Professor Moriarty to buzz about — the last we heard was that Daniel Day-Lweis was among a list of hopefuls for the role as well as Brad Pitt, Gary Oldman, Sean Penn and Javier Bardem. Just to list a few, personally I think someone like Russell Crowe would suit a role like this but thats just me. So aside from general guesses I think that Fry is a perfect match for this role, he has that punctual and intellectual feel about him. So thats it from me and Sherlock 2, stay tuned for more.