In the case of CBS’ Elementary series, starring Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu, I’m really going to have to get past my BBC/PBS Sherlock blinders and give it another chance this Fall when season 2 premieres on 26 September with a SkyLiving premiere approximately two weeks later. When all is said and done, it may be an all British cast at some point. Rhys Ifans (Notting Hill, Amazing Spider-Man) is the latest British star to join the cast of the American contemporary version of Sherlock Homes, Elementary. Ifans will make his debut as the detective’s older brother Mycroft in the season premiere episode.
In addition to Ifans, the British take-over of Elementary began during the initial season with Game of Thrones star, Natalie Dormer, taking on the dual role of Holmes’s arch-nemesis Moriarty and his love interest Irene Adler, Vinnie Jones as Moriarty’s henchman Sebastian Moran, John Hannah, who made a guest appearance as the detective’s former drug dealer and, trying not to be ‘obvious-man’, of course, Jonny Lee Miller, who stars as the world’s most famous consulting detective.
In the brilliant BBC Sherlock version, Mycroft, played perfectly by Mark Gatiss, is a shadowy figure at the heart of Whitehall intrigue. Whether that will be the case in Elementary‘s take is yet to be revealed. Gatiss is near perfect in his depiction of Mycroft so it’s really going to be tough for me to like Elementary but I will give it another shot. Anyone else gotten past their bias towards the BBC version and think there is something to the American version?