Henry Cavill has signed on to play Sherlock Holmes, except not in a Sherlock Holmes movie. A film titled Enola Holmes, focusing on the master detective’s younger sister, is in development. Based on Nancy Springer‘s novel series, which pulls from the established works by Arthur Conan Doyle, Enola is being brought to life by Stranger Things‘ Millie Bobby Brown.
So Brown will star as the title character, Cavill as Sherlock, while Helena Bonham Carter will play the siblings’ mother. Springer’s six-book series begins with the disappearance of Enola’s mother in The Case Of The Missing Marquess, so it’s a safe bet the potential film franchise stars there as well. Jack Thorne (Wonder, His Dark Materials) wrote the script, but plot details are being kept close to the vest.
The first book sees Enola’s older brothers dismissing her concern over their mother’s vanishing act, opting to send her off to boarding school instead. But Enola takes matters into her own hands and attempts to solve the mystery herself. That takes her into the path of her older brothers and a case they also happen to be working on.
It’s unclear how big of a role Cavill will have in the movie. Springer’s books are very much about Enola with Sherlock being a bit-part player. This potential franchise is all about Brown and Enola. If the character becomes a hit, expect five more films to be swiftly pushed into development.
There’s currently no director attached, so we’ll wait on that news. But sleuthing fans should have their deerstalker caps at the ready.