These are indeed strange times if you’re a film in search of distribution, but for one long-since-announced movie things seemed to have aligned just right.
Just revealed on Twitter is Netflix’s acquisition of Enola Holmes, a film which has been in search of a distributor for most of the two years since it was first announced – a lifetime in today’s rapid film production landscape. If the title’s surname seems familiar, it’s for good reason – this is an adaptation of Nancy Springer’s book series The Enola Holmes Mysteries, which follows the teenage sister of the famous Sherlock looking to make her name as a detective outside of the spotlight of her well-known sibling.
As that tweet shows, that surname isn’t the only familiar name that this film has to offer: the age-appropriate Millie Bobby Brown stars in the lead role, flanked by Hollywood heavyweights Henry Cavill and Helena Bonham Carter and Peaky Blinders’ Sam Claflin. There’s even a connection to Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s sensational BBC comedy Fleabag, in the form of director Harry Bradbeer.
It’s unsurprising to see Netflix give a home to this fledgling title: not only have they this week picked up The Lovebirds, another film that found itself looking for release in these uncertain times, but the streaming service arguably has a fanbase already built-in for Brown, being that the platform turned the British actress into a global star as Eleven in the ever-popular Stranger Things.
Whilst this announcement didn’t bring with it a release date, the fact that Brown’s Instagram indicated that the film wrapped production last September suggests that it can’t be too far off. If nothing else, both the popularity of the film’s stars and content-hungry housebound film fans mean that this latest Netflix title may bring a whole new meaning to the term “on-demand”.
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