Rhys Ifans to Play Mycroft on Elementary

CBS’s Elementary doesn’t have Benedict Cumberbatch or Martin Freeman but it does have charms of its own – namely the acting abilities of Jonny Lee Miller and the appealing chemistry between his Sherlock and Lucy Liu’s Watson.

The announcement that Rhys Ifans (think Hugh Grant’s peculiar flatmate in Notting Hill) has been cast to play Sherlock’s brother Mycroft is just one more reason to give the US reboot its own chance.

Mycroft will appear in the season two premiere which will be set in London and will see Sherlock and Watson staying at Mycroft’s 221B Baker Street address.

Sherlock Update

There’s no official airdate for series 3 (although winter 2013 is still being forecast) but filming did start yesterday.

The name of the first of the three new episodes has been released – The Empty Hearse – a play on the title of Conan Doyle’s original story, The Adventure of the Empty House, in which Sherlock miraculously returns from his watery grave.

Also revealed, by Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch, is that there will be at least one more season after this one.  Yeah!

Just a little while longer now…