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Here's the Real Reason Why Sam Claflin Doesn't Appear in "Enola Holmes 2"

The actor played Mycroft Holmes, Enola and Sherlock’s eldest brother in the first movie.
Here's the Real Reason Why Sam Claflin Doesn't Appear in "Enola Holmes 2"
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The actor played Mycroft Holmes, Enola and Sherlock’s eldest brother in the first movie.

Just like it’s 2020 all over again (the good part!), Enola Holmes is skyrocketing back to the Netflix movie charts. This time, it’s for the much-awaited sequel, with most of its cast members making a comeback except for a notable missing character—Mycroft Holmes.

Played by British actor Sam Claflin, the eldest brother of Sherlock Holmes (Henry Cavill) and titular gal Enola (Millie Bobby Brown), Mycroft was the thorn in the teen detective’s side as her legal guardian, with the character sending her away to finishing school to become a “proper Victorian lady.” At the end of the first film, Sherlock becomes Enola’s new ward, but this isn’t exactly the reason for Sam and Mycroft’s disappearance in the movie’s 2022 follow-up.

PHOTO BY Enola Holmes/Netflix

READ: Why Sam Claflin Didn’t Play Mycroft Holmes in “Enola Holmes 2”

Speaking to Collider, the films’ director Harry Bradbeer actually pinpointed to a more logistical reason: scheduling conflicts. 

“Well, it was Sam's schedule that became very clear, so Sam was not going to be in it... We were very sorry that Sam couldn't be in this one. If there was a future one we would love to have him back. But that was just the practicalities of life,” the filmmaker said.

The 36-year-old actor, known for his roles in The Hunger Games series, Me Before You, and Love, Rosie, now has a heavy production slate, which might have interfered in him appearing in the Holmes sequel. Sam’s current line-up includes his ongoing role as Oswald Mosley in British drama series Peaky Blinders and as lead Billy Dunne in the awaited series adaptation of Daisy Jones and the Six.

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However, while Mycroft was a compelling character in the original film, Director Harry thought his absence also presented opportunities for the other characters’ development.

“That then meant though that we had to then concentrate on Sherlock, which has some advantages in the sense and that it becomes a sharp pencil if you like. You're just having to work with that particular relationship,” he said. “It had to be about Sherlock and Enola and coming together. So I guess there is some blessings in having less pieces because you can do more with what you have.”


Still, if an Enola Holmes 3 were to come into fruition, Harry mentions that he’s all for a Mycroft comeback! 

Aside from Henry and Millie, returning in the sequel are original cast members Helena Bonham Carter, Louis Partridge, Adeel Akhtar, and Susan Wokoma, while Enola newcomers include British acting vet and Harry Potter alumnus David Thewlis

“Enola Holmes 2” is streaming on Netflix. Watch the trailer below:

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