First look: Check out Millie Bobby Brown as Sherlock's teen sister in Netflix's 'Enola Holmes'
Having an empowered young woman on screen is fundamental to Millie Bobby Brown. After battling interdimensional threats with "Stranger Things" in Indiana in the 1980s, the British actress next plays a brave 19th-century super sleuth who breaks through the fourth wall and in Netflix's new film Enola Holmes "cool martial arts moves flogged.
"What you see is a young girl trying to find herself in a hectic mess she can't really deal with, but it's generally just a way of life for a young girl," says Brown, 16.
Based on Nancy Springer's book series, "Enola" (arriving on Netflix in September) plays Brown as Sherlock Holmes' rebellious and modern teenage sister. The Victorian adventure is, in equal parts, a rite of passage story and a political journey from the time when Enola fought for "her freedom to be an independent woman," says director Harry Bradbeer ("Fleabag" , "Killing Eve"). "Holmes" also features the legendary Sherlock (played by Henry Cavill), whose character is more emotional than criminal, as the detective is forced to get to know his younger sibling and "learn to take care of someone for the first time" .
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Enola was raised and taught by her eccentric beloved mother Eudoria (Helena Bonham Carter). She is a free spirit who can handle punching fairly well, not so well on a bike, but wonderful when it comes to word puzzles and reading. After her mother disappeared on the girl's 16th birthday, Enola's older brother Mycroft (Sam Claflin) orders her to drop out of school, an option Sherlock quietly dislikes.
Enola isn't a big fan either. Enola finds hidden clues that her mother left behind, dresses up as a boy and escapes on a train, meets a young lord (Louis Partridge) on the run as well, and drives to London to find Eudoria, however, uncovers a shameful conspiracy affecting human rights.
The youngest Holmes is a child who is "shaped to stand and fight and love - mostly fighting - but she has been given power," says Bradbeer.
Brown's older sister Paige had originally placed Springer's books on her radar, and Brown wanted to transfer Enola's joke from side to side: “She was so intelligent, but she used it rather humorously, while Sherlock Holmes really didn't. ”
Enola (Millie Bobby Brown) reconnects with the older brothers Sherlock (Henry Cavill, left) and Mycroft (Sam Claflin) in
Inspired by previous Sherlock incarnations and the TV show "Fleabag", Brown's character regularly looks into the camera and speaks directly to the audience. Eudoria gave her name to Enola, which is spelled "Alone" backwards, and the boy "needed some kind of contact in her loneliness," says Bradbeer. "She needed us on this trip. It wasn't just playful. It was necessary." ”
He also adds: “You get a feel for the unreliable narrator because she speaks to us with more bravado than she really has. She has the idiosyncratic arrogance of a teenager trying to hide the fear underneath. "
The director admired Brown's "exceptional level of spontaneity and ingenuity," but also the courage to plunge into the physical aspects of the role: "Whether you submerged it in a bucket of water and tried to drown it or throw fireworks at it, she was just so ready for it. "
Brown loved doing stunt work, including Enola's gradual mastery of an MMA train called a corkscrew, although wearing a corset was "an everyday challenge in itself," she says. "It's a very tight thing around your stomach that you're just trying to breathe and eat your lunch."
Bradbeer says there is an "important love story" between Enola and Sherlock that will become a kind of father figure for his sister. Cavill brought "an exceptional quality of stillness and strength" into the role, and Brown entered into a sibling relationship with the "Superman" actor.
"Since I am me, I annoyed Henry every day," she says. “I always told him about the boys I liked about hair and makeup, and he said, 'Millie, shut up. I do not want to hear that. "
"Enola Holmes" is also Brown's first production that offers her "an amazing opportunity" to be creative behind the scenes.
"I really channeled my Jodie Foster," says Brown, who also uses Angelina Jolie as a role model for filmmaking.
And after looking up at Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, and "Everyone Who Was on the Disney Channel as a Child," Brown longed to put on the screen a female protagonist that young British girls could call their own: " I really am I am doing this for my 8 year old sister because she can now watch Enola and want to be like her. "
This article originally appeared in the US TODAY: Exclusive: See Millie Bobby Brown as Sherlock's sister in 'Enola Holmes'
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