Netflix Picks Up ‘Enola Holmes’, Starring Millie Bobby Brown

Enola Holmes has acquired a new case. Or maybe I should say, Netflix has acquired a new property. The streaming service has acquired the global rights to Enola Holmes from Lionsgate.

Harry Bradbeer (Fleabag) directed the feature film based on the popular children’s book series by Nancy Springer. It stars Millie Bobby Brown in the titular role with Henry Cavill playing the character’s older brother Sherlock Holmes.

Here is the synopsis for Enola Holmes:

Based on the beloved Edgar-nominated book series, ENOLA HOLMES tells the story of Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes’ rebellious teen sister Enola, a gifted super-sleuth in her own right who often outsmarts her brilliant siblings. When her mother mysteriously disappears on her 16th birthday, Enola seeks help from her older brothers. But soon realizing they’re less interested in solving the case than in packing her off to finishing school, Enola does the only thing a smart, resourceful and fearless young 1880s woman can do… she runs away to London to find her. Meeting a cast of memorable characters along the way, Enola’s caught in the middle of a conspiracy that could alter the course of political history. ENOLA HOLMES puts a dynamic new female twist on the world’s greatest detective and his brilliant family.

We first learned of this project almost a year ago when Cavill was cast as Sherlock. Since then it looks like Lionsgate wanted nothing to do with the potential franchise starter. Which is rather strange since I’d argue Brown and Cavill are both at the height of their careers. But their recent success is thanks to Netflix which probably explains the acquisition. “From the stars of Stranger Things and The Witcher…” does have built in marketing for Netflix.

The rest of the cast includes Helena Bonham Carter, Sam Claflin, Fiona Shaw, Frances de la Tour, Louis Partridge, Burn Gorman, Susan Wokoma, and Adeel Akhtar.

I’m a big fan of Sherlock Holmes, so this will definitely be on my radar once Netflix drops a trailer. Brown continues to be one of the best parts of Stranger Things and I’ve gained a new appreciation for Cavill after his role in Mission: Impossible – Fallout. With these two at the helm of Enola Holmes, I think we will be in for a treat.

Do you think Lionsgate made a mistake selling Enola Holmes to Netflix? Would you watch a series of mystery films starring Brown and Cavill?

Author: Marmaduke Karlston

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