Henry Cavill to play new Sherlock opposite Millie Bobby Brown in 'Enola Holmes'

Ben Arnold
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ARCHIVO – El actor Henry Cavill asiste al estreno en estados unidos de "Mission: Impossible - Fallout" en Washington en una fotografía de archivo del 22 de julio de 2018.  Una persona cercana a los planes de Warner Bros. para sus cintas de DC Comics dijo que actualmente no hay planes para otra cinta de “Superman” con Cavill. El estudio dijo en un comunicado que no se ha tomado una decisión para las películas de DC. Cavill interpretó por primera vez el personaje en 2013. (Foto Brent N. Clarke/Invision/AP, archivo)
Henry Cavill (Credit: Brent N. Clarke/Invision/AP)

Henry Cavill is to trade his cape for a deerstalker, taking on the role of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's iconic sleuth Sherlock Holmes.

But there's a twist – he'll be second fiddle to Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown playing the much younger sister to Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes, Enola.

The movie will be based on Nancy Springer's Enola Holmes books, in which the young detective proves herself just as capable as her elder siblings.

Helena Bonham Carter has also been cast as Enola's mother, while Harry Bradbeer, who directed both seasons of Fleabag as well as episodes of Killing Eve, will be behind the camera.

Brown, who is still only 15, will also produce the project, via her company PCMA Productions.

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 20:  Actress Millie Bobby Brown lights The Empire State Building in honor of Unicef and World Children's Day on November 20, 2018 in New York City.  (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
Millie Bobby Brown lights The Empire State Building in honour of Unicef and World Children's Day on November 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)

Legendary Pictures will make the movie, having cast Brown in the most recent Godzilla movie, Godzilla: King of the Monsters.

In the books, Enola Holmes is the 14-year-old sister of Sherlock, who is 20 years her senior.

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There are six books in all, this first being 2006's The Case of the Missing Marquess, making this a potential franchise opportunity, if things go well at the box office.

Cavill, meanwhile, is next up in The Witcher for Netflix, playing the titular monster hunter from Andrzej Sapkowski's book series.

Fans of Sherlock Holmes gather dressed as Sherlock Holmes, as they attempt to set a Guinness World Record attempt for the greatest number of people dressed as the famous sleuth, at the UCL (University College London).
Fans of Sherlock Holmes gather dressed as Sherlock Holmes, as they attempt to set a Guinness World Record attempt for the greatest number of people dressed as the famous sleuth, at the UCL (University College London).

The appeal of Sherlock Holmes continues to endure, and the super sleuth is estimated to be the most prolific screen character in the history of cinema.

In recent years he’s been played on the small screen by Benedict Cumberbatch in BBC One’s Sherlock, and Jonny Lee Miller in CBS’s Elementary. On the big screen we’ve had versions starring Robert Downey Jr. (Sherlock 3 is coming soon), Sir Ian McKellen in Mr. Holmes, and Will Ferrell in Holmes and Watson.