Elementary fans can breathe a sigh of relief. Welsh actor and musician, Rhys Ifans, who guest starred as Sherlock Holmes' brother, Mycroft, earlier this summer, will officially make his return to the CBS hit procedural. During this year's Paleyfest: Made in NY, the show's creator and producer, Robert Doherty, confirmed to reporters that the hunky performer would be returning to the small screen sometime during the current season.
"You'll see him a couple more times in the first 12 [episodes] and four more times in the back 12," Doherty noted.
We were first introduced to Mycroft in the season two premiere when Sherlock (portrayed by Jonny Lee Miller) was called away to London to revisit an old case and was forced to face his older brother. Amidst their convoluted past, Sherlock and Joan (Lucy Liu) remain at Mycroft's home at 221B Baker Street. That is simply a recipe for compelling storytelling.
Doherty added that “circumstances will draw him back into Sherlock and Joan’s orbit” in the upcoming episodes but this time on his brother’s home turf in New York. Shot on location in London, the season premiere followed more closely the original Sir Arthur Doyle franchise. Previously, the American-made version strayed away from the typical storyline in favor of a more mysterious retelling.
Of Ifans' addition to the show, Doherty explained to The Hollywood Reporter in June, "I could not be more excited to have Rhys coming aboard. I've always been a tremendous fan and feel very honored to have him in the fold. Equally excited are Jonny and Lucy, both of whom have worked with Rhys in feature films. I think this is going to be a lot of fun for all of us."
Elementary airs on Thursdays at 10/9c on CBS.