If you’ve already binged the first part of Stranger Things Vol. 4, you might be excited to see Eleven — that is, actor Millie Bobby Brown — in something else. Luckily, you can stay right on Netflix. In 2020, she played the titular role in Enola Holmes, a film about the younger (and oft-forgotten) sister of renowned sleuth Sherlock Holmes (here, Henry Cavill).
With the first film being such a success, Netflix is bringing Brown back for Enola Holmes 2, which wrapped filming earlier this year. Set to debut on the popular streaming platform later this year, Here’s everything we know so far about Enola Holmes 2!
When Was a Sequel to Enola Holmes Announced?
An impressive 76 million households viewed Enola Holmes over the first four weeks of its release. With numbers like that, it’s really no surprise that the film received a sequel. But it took Netflix awhile to make it official. In May of 2021, the streamer shared on Twitter that, “The sequel is afoot!”
Netflix went on to add that the Enola Holmes adventure would continue, with stars Millie Bobby Brown and Henry Cavill (Witcher) reprising their roles. Director Harry Bradbeer and writer Jack Thorne are also set to return. For now, we don’t know too much about the second film’s plot, but it will still be based on Nancy Springer’s book series about Sherlock Holmes’ brilliant sister.
Brown expressed her excitement about returning to the character. “I can’t wait to collaborate again with my Enola Holmes family!” she said in response to Netflix’s announcement. “Enola holds a special place in my heart — she’s strong, fearless, intelligent and brave. I look forward to fans seeing how her journey continues!”
What Is the Plot of Enola Holmes 2?
As you may know, the first film was based on The Enola Holmes Mysteries, a series of books by Nancy Springer. While the first film followed the plot of the debut book, The Case of the Missing Marquess, quite closely, it’s unclear exactly how much ground this upcoming movie will cover.
From early footage and announcements, it seems like the sequel will take cues from the second book in Springer’s series, The Case of the Left-Handed Lady. In the book, Enola investigates the disappearance of a young girl, all while avoiding her older brothers, Sherlock and Mycroft, who want her to attend boarding school. Of the synopsis, Netflix noted:
Now a detective-for-hire like her infamous brother, Enola Holmes takes on her first official case to find a missing girl, as the sparks of a dangerous conspiracy ignite a mystery that requires the help of friends — and Sherlock himself — to unravel.
Members of the Original Cast Are Back for the Sequel
When Enola Holmes 2 was first announced, Netflix confirmed that Brown, of course, would be back as the titular character. Cavill and Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) would also be returning as Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes, respectively. As mentioned, both director Harry Bradbeer and writer Jack Thorne are on board for the sequel, while Brown plans to continue her producing duties in addition to starring in the film.
During Netflix’s TUDUM event in September 2021, Louis Partridge confirmed that he would be returning as Tewkesbury, Enola’s friend (and potential love interest) from the first film. Other returning cast members include: Helena Bonham Carter, Adeel Akhtar and Susan Wokoma. In terms of new cast members, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Hannah Dodd, Abbie Hern and Gabriel Tierney have joined the impressive ensemble.
Where Has Enola Holmes 2 Been Filmed?
Just like the original film, Enola Holmes 2 was filmed both in a studio and in various locations across the UK. When production began in October 2021, Shepperton Studios served as the production base for the film, though some filming days also occurred in the city of London.
Other filming locations include Surrey and Hankley Common and an area of Hull that was transformed into Victorian-era London just for the film. The film’s production company even recruited extras from these areas to appear as passers-by in the film.
When Will Enola Holmes 2 Be Released on Netflix?
While the exact release date for the movie is, as of yet, unknown, Netflix did announce the film as a part of its 2022 lineup. Since filming officially wrapped as of January 2022 — in fact, Cavill shared that his role in the film wrapped back in November 201 — we can expect the 2022 release date to hold. Of course, there’s still all of the post-production to complete, so we’re looking at a Fall 2022 release at the earliest — unless Netflix really rushes it.
An Upcoming Graphic Novel Is Set to Explore More of Enola’s Story
While fans wait for the release of this cinematic sequel, there’s been another exciting announcement for Enola Holmes fans: a graphic novel that follows more of the teen sleuth’s adventures is on the way. Set to be released through Legendary Comics, the graphic novel — Enola Holmes: Mycroft’s Dangerous Game — features the likeness of Millie Bobby Brown and will present an original story that bridges the gap between the first film and the upcoming sequel.
“We are so excited to expand Enola’s world and story with an exciting new adventure in our graphic novel from this extremely talented creative team,” shared Nikita Kannekanti, Legendary Comics’ Senior Editor. The graphic novel will hit shelves on August 23, 2022, which means fans have something to tide them over before the Netflix sequel starts streaming.