Henry Cavill is leaving behind his Superman alter-ego to take on the role of super sleuth Sherlock Holmes in an adaptation of ‘Enola Holmes.
The film is based on the Nancy Springer book series ‘The Enola Holmes Mysteries,’ which follows Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes’ much younger sister, Enola.
‘Stranger Things’ breakout star Millie Bobby Brown will play the role of Enola in the film which is also lining up Helena Bonham Carter to play Enola’s mother.
‘Killing Eve’ helmer Harry Bradbeer will direct with ‘His Dark Materials’ writer Jack Thorne adapting the script.
The Enola Holmes Mysteries is a young adult fiction series of detective novels by American author Nancy Springer, starring Enola Holmes as the fourteen-year-old sister of an already-famous Sherlock Holmes, twenty years her senior. This pastiche series borrows characters and settings from the established canon of Sherlock Holmes, but the Enola character is Springer’s creation and specific to this series.
The series overview reads “On Enola’s fourteenth birthday, her mother disappears, and Sherlock and Mycroft, Enola’s brothers, conclude that her mother voluntarily left. Enola is devastated but eventually discovers elaborate cyphers her mother wrote, which lead her to conclude that she left to live with the Romani people and escape the confines of Victorian society. Enola finds that her mother left money to fund her escape. When Mycroft insists that Enola attend boarding school and learn to be a proper lady, she runs away to London instead. Throughout the series, Enola solves numerous missing persons cases, including a rescue of Dr. John Watson, while eluding her brothers’ efforts to recapture her.
Production on the film is expected to start this summer.
Cavill, who was last seen in ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’, can next be seen in Netflix’s ‘The Witcher’ series, which is based on the best-selling book series.