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We Wouldn’t Have an 'Enola Holmes' Film Adaptation if It Weren’t for Millie’s Sister

She's also a producer for the film.
IMAGE (LEFT TO RIGHT) INSTAGRAM/MILLIEBOBBYBROWN, COURTESY OF NETFLIX

If you're a pop culture fan, you might have heard of the new Netflix film Enola Holmes based on the book series The Enola Holmes Mysteries by Nancy Springer. It follows the story of Enola, sister of the famous detective Sherlock Holmes and the youngest member of the family. Since its release on September 23, the film has gotten positive reactions from viewers. It's even one of the top trending titles on Netflix in the Philippines.

The film has many notable actors portraying the Holmes family. Henry Cavill (Man of Steel) plays Sherlock Holmes, Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) plays Mycroft Holmes, and Helena Bonham-Carter (Harry Potter, Sweeney Todd) plays the matriach of the family, Eudoria Holmes. They are also joined by Louis Partridge as swoon-worthy Viscount Tewksbury. And of course, the titular character is portrayed by Millie Bobby Brown. At 16, Millie has also taken on her first 'producer' role for the film adaptation (which is why it's no surprise that she's one of her generation's highest paid stars).

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Despite having an all-star cast, the film adaptation of Springer's book wouldn't have happened sooner if it weren't for Millie's older sister, Paige Brown, who produced the movie together with Millie, Mary Parent, Alex Garcia, and Ali Mendes. 

It was Paige, a self-confessed bookworm, who first found and read the novel. "Millie at the time was a bit younger [than Enola] but I was thinking ahead and thought, ‘This would be really great onscreen,’" shares Paige in an interview with Los Angeles Times. Millie later on read the book series and instantly "fell in love with Enola." 

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Firm on wanting a movie adaptation for the books, the sisters sought out a studio that would help interpret their vision and ultimately decided on working with Legendary Pictures. The production company was also responsible for Godzilla: King of Monsters, a movie Millie was working on at that time. "They always appreciated my voice, they valued it, which I always loved. I knew this was something I could really talk about with them, and feel comfortable with working with them, because of my past relationship," shares Millie in an interview with Deadline Hollywood.

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Paige was heavily involved in the pre-production process of the film, collaborating with the team about which parts of the book needed to be highlighted in the movie.

In February 2019, Variety broke the news that the book series will officially be getting its movie version under Harry Bradbeer as director. In 2020, it was announced that Netflix won the distribution rights for the film.

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