CBS's modern-day take on the Sherlock Holmes mythos is gaining a new character next season: Sherlock's brother Mycroft. And a familiar face has been cast in the role: actor Rhys Ifans will recur throghout the show's second season as Sherlock's estranged brother.
Ifans is most recently known for playing Dr. Curt Connors/The Lizard in last year's 'The Amazing Spider-Man,' though other credits include 'Notting Hill', and 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1.'
Ifans will appear in the season 2 premiere (which airs Thursday, September 26), in which, according to a CBS press release, "Sherlock (Jonny Lee Miller) is called to London to revisit an old case, where he is forced to face his older brother, Mycroft. Although the siblings suffered a drastic falling-out a few years earlier, Mycroft allows Sherlock and Joan (Lucy Liu) to stay in his new home, 221B Baker Street. With Joan in the middle, the brothers are forced to confront their very complicated history."
Sounds like a real winner.
Fans of the BBC's version of the 'Sherlock' mythos know Mycroft Holmes as the high-ranking government official played by writer Mark Gatiss. Famed British comedian Stephen Fry also assumed the role for the 2011 film 'Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.'
Are you excited to see Sherlock and Joan interact with Mycroft? What do you think of Ifans' casting?
'Elementary' season 2 prmeieres Thursday, September 26 on CBS.