Henry Cavill might not ever play the Man of Steel again, but he is soon taking on another very iconic role. According to a report in Deadline, Cavill will soon play none other than the master detective Sherlock Holmes in a film adaptation of The Enola Holmes Mysteries novel series by author Nancy Springer. Stranger Things’ Millie Bobby Brown is attached to star as the titular character, who is Sherlock’s decades-younger sister. In another casting coup, the legendary Helena Bonham Carter has signed on to play Enola’s mother. Harry Bradbeer is on board to direct the film.
The series novels were first published back in 2006, with The Case of the Missing Marquess. The entire series consists of six books, the last of which came out back in 2010. In this series, Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes’ far younger sister, Enola, also turns out to be an amazing detective herself. She embarks on several adventures which find her using her sleuthing skills. Much of the novel series portrays an independent young woman who is fighting against the Victorian oppression of women at the time, and wanting the chance to prove she is as good an investigator as her elder sibling.
Despite no longer being Superman apparently, Cavill’s star continues to rise. He is starring in the upcoming Witcher series for Netflix, which is highly anticipated. Millie Bobby Brown has also branched out of Stranger Things recently with her turn in this summer’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters. A third Sherlock Holmes film starring Robert Downey Jr. is still apparently in active development, so it will prove interesting to see if we have competing Victorian-era Holmes up on the big screen at the same time. It will be like Fox Quicksilver vs. MCU Quicksilver all over again, but with a way more high profile character.
Editor’s Note: Nerdist is a subsidiary of Legendary Digital Networks
Images: Warner Brothers / Netflix /Penguin Books