Actor Stephen Fry revealed recently on Danny Baker's radio show on BBC's 5 Live that he is going to play the character Mycroft in Warner Bros.' Sherlock Holmes 2. Mycroft is Sherlock Holmes' older brother, we heard rumors that he might be in the film but this just confirms that those rumors are true. Here's what Fry said in the interview,
I'm playing Mycroft in the sequel to the Sherlock Holmes film Guy Ritchie directed with Robert Downey Jr., and that sort of part 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.
Mycroft is seven years older than Sherlock Possessing deductive powers exceeding even those Sherlock, Mycroft is nonetheless incapable of performing similar detective work as he is unwilling to put in the physical effort necessary to bring cases to their conclusions. It's unclear what his position is in the British government.
Here's how Sherlock described his old brother:
...he has no ambition and no energy. He will not even go out of his way to verify his own solutions, and would rather be considered wrong than take the trouble to prove himself right. Again and again I have taken a problem to him, and have received an explanation which has afterwards proved to be the correct one. And yet he was absolutely incapable of working out the practical points...
Fry will join Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law and the recently-cast Noomi Rapace in the Guy Ritchie-directed sequel, scheduled to hit theaters on December 16, 2011 release.