Sherlock Holmes might be one of the most adapted literary characters ever, but there’s still mileage in the character yet: a new Netflix movie (opens in new tab) is putting a spin on the Holmes mythos by focusing on Sherlock’s kid sister.
Enola Holmes – adapted from the novel series by Nancy Springer – casts Stranger Things' Millie Bobby Brown in the title role, with Henry Cavill and Sam Claflin as her older siblings Sherlock and Mycroft. Their mother, Eudoria, is played by Helena Bonham Carter, and it’s her disappearance the provides the impetus for Enola’s first case.
Below you’ll find an exclusive look at Brown as Enola and Louis Partridge as a young Lord she crosses paths with. It comes via our sister publication Total Film magazine (opens in new tab), and the on-set feature in their new issue. Check it out:
“The newer spin [in this version] is that Enola Holmes hasn’t really been looked at very closely as a character,” says director Harry Bradbeer, who has impressed with his TV work, particularly his collaborations with Phoebe Waller-Bridge (he directed the first two episodes of Killing Eve, and the entire two series of Fleabag). One way to bring out a different side of Sherlock was to bring him “into a familial relationship where he was forced to care for someone,” Bradbeer tells Total Film (opens in new tab).
As well as starring, Brown makes her producing debut here too. ““I’m always actively looking for material,” she explains of chancing upon the book series. “When I read Enola, I wanted to do it the next day. It was maybe three years ago that I read it, and I was like, ‘OK, great. I want to be Enola tomorrow.’ My dad was like, ‘You can’t.’ I was like, ‘No, I definitely can!’ Three years later, here we are!”
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Enola Holmes launches on Netflix on September 23. For much more on the film, including interviews with Brown, Bradbeer, Cavill and Claflin, grab a copy of the new issue of Total Film (opens in new tab) – which hits shelves both real and digital from this Friday, August 21. Check out the new covers below; the one on the left is on its way to subscribers right now.
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