Rhys Ifans, last seen in "The Amazing Spider-Man," is going to play Sherlock Holmes' older brother, Mycroft Holmes, in the CBS series "Elementary."
The network announced the news in a statement obtained by OTRC.com, adding that the 46-year-old Welsh actor will make his debut in the second season premiere on Sept. 26 and that his role will be recurring.
In the episode, investigator Sherlock Holmes is "called to London to revisit an old case, where he is forced to face his older brother, Mycroft. Although the siblings suffered a drastic falling-out a few years earlier, Mycroft allows Sherlock and Joan to stay in his new home, 221B Baker Street. With Joan in the middle, the brothers are forced to confront their very complicated history," CBS said.
The episode will be filmed in London, the network added. "Elementary" stars Jonny Lee Miller, 40, as Sherlock and Lucy Liu, 44, as Joan Watson, his assistant. The show offers a modern take on the life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's 19th century character and is set in New York City.
"I could not be more excited to have Rhys coming aboard," "Elementary" Executive Producer and Creator Robert Doherty said in a statement. "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."
Ifans and Miller, who is British, both appeared in the 2000 crime film "Love, Honor and Obey." Ifans starred with Liu in the 2001 comedy movie "Hotel."
Ifans played Dr. Curt Connors in the 2012 film "The Amazing Spider-Man" (check out an interview with the actor, who talks about his role.) He also portrayed Spike, the best friend of Hugh Grant's character, in the 1999 romantic drama film "Notting Hill" and Xenophilius Lovegood in the 2010 movie "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1."