Millie Bobby Brown rose to stardom in the hit Netflix series Stranger Things. Now, the British actress is joining forces with other genre stars for a new Netflix movie – Enola Holmes. Actors Henry Cavill, Helena Bonham-Carter, and Sam Claflin are all set to star in the film. Bobby-Brown will play the titular character of Enola, the younger sister of Sherlock (Cavill) and Mycroft Holmes (Claflin). The mystery driving the action arises from the disappearance of Enola’s mother (Bonham-Carter) as the inciting incident. Enola then joins forces with her famous brother Sherlock in order to solve the mystery.
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A trailer for the Netflix film dropped this week, and the movie is already being faced with legal backlash from the estate of Sherlock Holmes author Sir. Arthur Conan Doyle. Let’s take a look at what we know about Enola Holmes and when we can expect the movie to hit the streaming network.
Enola Holmes Looks Like A Youthful Feminist Twist On The Classic Series
In the new movie, Millie Bobby-Brown plays the much younger sister of Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes. Having been raised by her free-spirited mother to be independent and curious, she is still left adrift when her mother disappears. Seeking out her older brothers for assistance, she appears somewhat horrified when they want to turn her into a ‘proper lady’ and proceeds to ditch them to do things her way. In doing so she will become the newest prodigy of the Holmes family.
The trailer for Enola Holmes gives us a modern twist on the classic Sherlock Holmes stories. The property has seen plenty of modern adaptations over the past decade, and BBC’s Sherlock also gave the character a sister towards the end of its run. Unfortunately the way they treated her character was pretty abysmal, so it will be refreshing to see a new and youthful take on this character even if she is non-canonical.
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The fun action-packed trailer also gives us a glimpse of Witcher star Henry Cavill as the famous Sherlock Holmes. And it appears that the film is giving him a different side than what we’ve seen in other adaptations such as BBC’s Sherlock. In the movie, Sherlock is depicted as caring about his younger sister. And apparently that won’t fly with the Doyle estate, according to the recent lawsuit filed against the production.
The Enola Holmes Movie Is Based On A Book Series Not Written By Arthur Conan Doyle
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The characters in Enola Holmes trace their roots back to the original Sherlock Holmes books by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. However the movie is actually based on a book series by fantasy author Nancy Springer. The six-book series penned by Springer was first published in 2006.
Enola Holmes is based on the first book in that series The Case of the Missing Marquess. It also appears that this new film – that is also produced by actress Millie Bobby-Brown – will be the first of several Enola Holmes movies adapted from the book series by Nancy Springer.
The Doyle Estate Is Suing For Copyright Infringement on Sherlock’s Empathy
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The fact that the Enola Holmes series has been around for over 15 years makes it all the more baffling that the estate of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is suing Netflix for copyright infringement over the depiction of Sherlock in the Enola Holmes movie. The majority of the Sherlock Holmes canon entered public domain back in 2014. This includes all of the Sherlock Holmes stories written prior to 1923.
However, the Doyle Estate is arguing that the depiction of Sherlock as a character with complex emotions is copyright infringement. They are basing this off the fact that Sherlock did not exhibit these empathetic traits until the later Doyle books that are not in the public domain. Author Nancy Springer is also a target of the lawsuit, along with her publisher Penguin Random House.
What this means for the future of the budding Enola Holmes franchise on Netflix is unclear. However the movie is still moving ahead on Netflix, with a premiere date set for September 23, 2020.
Emily O'Donnell is a writer and photographer with roots in some of the earliest online fandoms. She cut her genre teeth on the Wizard of Oz books at the tender age of 6 years old, and was reading epic adult fantasy novels by the age of 10. Decades later, she still consumes genre fiction like there is no tomorrow. She is delighted to be living through the golden age of sci-fi and fantasy popularity. She is unashamed of the amount of fanfiction that still lingers online under her name.