Stephen Fry to play Mycroft in ‘Sherlock 2’

Stephen Fry outside an Apple Store for the iPad launch

Stephen Fry has revealed that he will play Mycroft Holmes in the upcoming Sherlock Holmes sequel.

The actor told Five Live‘s Danny Baker that he has been cast opposite Robert Downey Jr as the older brother of the Baker Street detective.

“I’m playing Mycroft in the sequel to the Sherlock Holmes film Guy Ritchie directed with Robert Downey Jr,” he said.

Fry noted that he is looking forward to the part, although he admitted that he more enjoys taking on a leading role, as he did in 1997 biopic Wilde.

“That sort of part (Sherlock Holmes) is fun, but just once in a while to play a genuine all-round sort of lead figure with complexity and tragedy and wit and all the sort of things that Oscar [Wilde] had was a once-in-a-lifeftime thrill,” Fry explained.

Downey Jr and Jude Law will return for the Sherlock Holmes follow-up, while The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo star Noomi Rapace will play the love interest, a French gypsy.

Sherlock Holmes 2 is due to film this year for a December 16, 2011 release.

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