Henry Cavill will reprise his role as Enola’s big brother Sherlock Holmes in the new adventure, which puts a dynamic female twist on the world’s greatest detective and his brilliant family. Director Harry Bradbeer and writer Jack Thorne are also returning for the sequel.
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“I can’t wait to collaborate again with my ‘Enola Holmes’ family,” Brown said, announcing the franchise’s new installment. “Enola holds a special place in my heart — she’s strong, fearless, intelligent and brave. I look forward to fans seeing how her journey continues!”
Based on the beloved “Enola Holmes Mysteries” book series, the films tell the story of Sherlock Holmes’ rebellious teen sister, who is a gifted super-sleuth in her own right and often outsmarts her famous siblings. Written by Nancy Springer, the six-book series has been nominated for multiple Edgar Awards.
The sequel is being developed and produced by Legendary in partnership with Netflix, after the streamer acquired the worldwide rights (excluding China) to the first film from Legendary last year.
Brown produced the first “Enola Holmes” film and is set to produce the sequel along with her sister Paige Brown under their PCMA Productions banner. Legendary’s Mary Parent, Alex Garcia and Ali Mendes will serve as producers on the new project, with Bradbeer, Thorne, Michael Dreyer and Legendary’s Joshua Grode as executive producers.
In an interview with Variety’s Marc Malkin ahead of the first film’s release, the then-16-year-old actor opened up about pulling double duty on the project as a producer for the first time.
“I think it’s important to have young producers because it gives youth an opportunity to tell their stories. Age shouldn’t define whether you can do something or not. Young filmmakers should get the opportunity to tell their stories, and I’ve just been lucky enough to share mine,” Brown said. “It was really exciting because that meant I could be on-screen and still have my say off screen. I’ve never had an opportunity like that before.”
Brown was also hopeful that the movie would set up a franchise, saying, “Let’s see how people respond to the first one. Let’s see if they fall in love with Enola as much as I have fallen in love, but there’s definitely much more of a story to be told.”
In the first 28 days after its release last September, Netflix estimates that 76 million households tuned into the film.
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