While the creation of a younger Holmes sister might raise a few eyebrows among Sherlock purists, the first trailer for Enola Holmes – which imagines a younger sister of Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes setting her off on her own adventure – looks, if nothing else, like a lot of fun.
On the upside, we seem to have finally found something that the older Holmes brothers finally agree upon. Unfortunately, for Enola, that happens to be the need to send their free-spirited, teenage sister away to a finishing school for “proper” young ladies.
Doing her best to live up the Holmes surname, Enola, on her 16th birthday no less, escapes from finishing school, discovers her mother missing and sets off to find her, becoming a super-sleuth in her own right. She manages to outwit her famous brothers along the way and unravels a dangerous conspiracy around a mysterious young Lord, played by Louis Partridge.
Adapted from the series of young adult books by Nancy Stringer and starring Stranger Things’ Millie Bobby Brown, Sam Claflin (Mycroft), Henry Cavill (Sherlock) and Helena Bonham-Carter as the Holmes family matriarch, the one-off special is directed by Harry Bradbeer, who previously directed every episode of Fleabag (with the exception of the Series 1 opener), as well as the first two installments of the first season of Killing Eve and written by Jack Thorne of His Dark Materials fame.
Unfortunately, while we are still no closer to any additional Sherlock greatness from the mind palaces of Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, and while this definitely isn’t your father’s Sherlock Holmes story, it does bring a fun new angle to the Holmes story while we wait.
Enola Holmes streams on Netflix beginning September 23.