On top of winning the highly-sought-after post-Superbowl timeslot on CBS, 'Elementary' has even more exciting news: Hollywood star John Hannah has been cast as Sherlock Holmes' old drug dealer from London, England.
Executive Producer Rob Doherty announced the casting of Hannah at a winter television preview panel and TVGuide broke the story. Hannah will play Rhys, an old associate of Holmes' who comes to New York City seeking Holmes' help. "Rhys is somebody who was helpful to Sherlock in London every once in a while with respect to cases," said Doherty at the panel.
Rhys was a guy who had his finger on the pulse of crime in London," Doherty continued. "That's all in the past. When we meet him in the present, he has sought Sherlock out because several years ago he saw an opportunity to retire from the business: He ripped off his bosses and made off with about $2 million and retired to Thailand. His daughter, who actually lives in New York, has been abducted and is being held for ransom. He comes to Sherlock because even Rhys understands and appreciates that on drugs or off drugs, Sherlock Holmes is the greatest detective in the history of detecting."
John Hannah is a British star of silver and small screen, best known for his role in the 'The Mummy' film franchise, where he starred with Brendan Fraser. He recently had a critically-acclaimed role as Rutger Simon on 'Damages,' where he played a trusted aid to Ryan Phillipe's character. Hannah's largest television role to date was as Quintus Batiatus on 'Spartacus: Blood and Sand' as well as 'Spartacus: Gods of the Arena.'
Given that Sherlock is a recovering addict, seeing his former drug dealer (Rhys) pop up in his new city should prove understandably jarring. According to Doherty, this difficulty means that Joan Watson (played by Lucy Liu) will have to work a little harder than normal in order to make up for Holmes' reaction.
"Rhys is a lovely fellow, as is John Hannah, but [Joan's] guard is up," Doherty explains. "She recognizes that as lovely as he may be, he's a criminal. He was a drug dealer. There are reasons to be a little wary of the guy. She's especially uncomfortable that Rhys is staying at the Brownstone."
'Elementary' airs Thursdays at 10:00pm EST on CBS.