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Why Henry Cavill Returned As Sherlock For Enola Holmes 2

Henry Cavill, star of The Witcher and Superman, explains why he decided to reprise his role with Millie Bobby Brown as Sherlock in Enola Holmes 2.

Henry Cavill explains why he decided to return as Sherlock in Enola Holmes 2. The British actor is best known for his portrayal of Superman in the DC Extended Universe and Geralt of Rivia in Netflix’s fantasy series, The Witcher. Released in 2020, the first Enola Holmes film continued Cavill’s partnership with Netflix and, with approximately 76 million views from households in its first four weeks, was a huge hit for the streaming service and one of their most-watched original films.


Based on Nancy Springer’s young adult series, Enola Holmes shifts the focus from the already famous Sherlock Holmes to his titular teenage sister. While Sherlock was still present in the film, this naturally meant a diminished role for the master detective played by countless actors over the years, including Marvel Cinematic Universe star Robert Downey Jr. and Benedict Cumberbatch. Instead of Sherlock, Enola Holmes followed the titular character of Millie Bobby Brown as she teams up with the runaway Lord Tewkesbury to solve the mystery of her mother’s disappearance. Despite Sherlock having a minimal role in the first film, that will change in the upcoming sequel.

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During a recent interview with Total movie (through GameMe+), Cavill discusses why he decided to return as Sherlock in Enola Holmes 2. The Witcher and DCEU star enjoyed Brown’s”professionality” and “fantastic energy“on the first film, but that alone wasn’t enough to convince him to return, referring instead to a desire to”getting things rightRead below what Cavill says:

It’s important to get things right. It is important to ensure that the tone of things is not lost in the potential excitement of franchises and universes. It’s always so hard to say where things are going and what will happen. I have experience with franchises that go places and get quiet, and other franchises that pop up and get exciting. It’s all about decision making at the top, and everything else that comes with it. I’m just the hired job.

Henry Cavill gets a bigger role in Enola Holmes 2

Sherlock’s bigger role in Enola Holmes 2 probably also factored into Cavill’s decision to return. Since Sherlock was the focus of the initial footage of the sequel, it was clear that Enola’s famous brother would play a bigger role in the sequel. The Enola Holmes 2 trailer continued to focus on Cavill’s Sherlock, revealing that the Holmes siblings will team up to solve a case when their own separate investigations overlap.

While his DCEU return remains in the air, Cavill fans are sure to be thrilled to see him return as Sherlock. In contrast to his more serious role in The Witcherthe Enola Holmes movie series is more of a lighthearted whodunit that allows Cavill to enjoy himself. With Sherlock taking on a bigger role in the sequel, fans will be able to see even more of Cavill’s charismatic side that they don’t get to see on screen very often. The wait won’t be too long, because Enola Holmes 2 will appear next month on Netflix.

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Source: Total Film (via GameMe+)

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