Stephen Fry is Mycroft Holmes…

Stephen Fry will play Mycroft Holmes in the upcoming Sherlock Holmes sequel.

The actor confirmed that he that he has been cast opposite Robert Downey Jr as the older brother of the Baker Street detective.

“I’m playing Mycroft in the sequel to the Sherlock Holmes film Guy Ritchie directed with Robert Downey Jr,” he said.

Fry added he is looking forward to the part, although he admitted that he more enjoys taking on a leading role, as he did in 1997 biopic Wilde.

“That sort of part (Sherlock Holmes) is fun, but just once in a while to play a genuine all-round sort of lead figure with complexity and tragedy and wit and all the sort of things that Oscar [Wilde] had was a once-in-a-lifeftime thrill,” Fry explained.

Sherlock Holmes 2 is expecte in cinemas December 2011.