Stephen Fry to Play Sherlock’s Brother Mycroft in Holmes 2

The latest news on the “Sherlock Holmes 2″ front has actor/writer/director Stephen Fry joining the cast of Guy Ritchie’s fast-moving sequel. (Although he’s had a long and fruitful career in the movies, I actually know Fry best as freelance FBI psychiatrist “Dr. Gordon Gordon” on FOX’s TV show “Bones”. Go figure.)

Fry is set to play Mycroft Holmes, the brother of Sherlock, who according to Wikipedia, is almost as (if not more so) brilliant than his more well-known sibling, though due to a combination of laziness and lack of ambition, is not nearly as famous.

The cast addition comes from Fry himself (according to TheHollywoodNews) on the Danny Baker Show.

Fry joins Noomi Rapace (the original “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”), who recently chose “Sherlock Holmes 2″ over “Mission Impossible 4″.

Robert Downey Jr. returns as Sherlock Holmes, who along with his sidekick Dr. Watson (Jude Law) must confront the villainous Moriarty in the sequel.

Look for Holmes and company to deduce their way into theaters once again on December 16, 2011.