Enola Holmes has already captured the hearts of viewers since its release last week, and the cast and crew have revealed how they brought the character’s world to life.
In an exclusive featurette, Millie Bobby Brown revealed why she had wanted to star in and co-produce the tale for Netflix.
Millie, 16, who plays the title character, explained: ‘I’ve always wanted to play a British female lead, it was a brilliant book series that needed to be brought to life.’
The Stranger Things actress had read the books by Nancy Springer, based on Sherlock Holmes’s little sister, and she and her father teamed up with Legendary Pictures to make it into a movie once she was old enough to star as the lead character.
As well as taking the viewer back through time, much of the story is told through the costumes the characters are wearing.
Producer Ali Mendes revealed: ‘Costume was such a fun part of this movie for Enola because it is a movie about a girl who’s trying to figure out who she wants to be and throughout that journey she is trying on a lot of different identities.’
Millie added: ‘The first dress she ends up in is kind of her casual look, something that her mother dresses her in, no corset and very loose fitting.’
The ‘almost home-made’ dress signifies liberation and freedom for the character, before she dresses up as a boy in order to escape from the house without being spotted.
‘She starts to identify who she is as a person and what she likes on her body which is definitely a coming of age story in itself,’ Millie explained.
Henry Cavill, who stars as Enola’s older brother Sherlock Holmes, has a much more buttoned-up costume for his character, something which also reflects the straight-laced character.
He explained: ‘You see by the nature of the clothing what society was like. Everything was very wrapped up and uniform and straight and things were a particular way and they looked magnificent.
‘But they are very restrictive when you are wearing these things and I feel like that was a reflection of society.’
As well as setting the tone through the outfits, the colour palettes used in different shots also convey the difference between London being bustling and intimidating as Enola explores it in disguise, and the soft, green nature she and her mother – played by Helena Bonham-Carter – are surrounded by.
Sam Claflin, who played Myrcroft Holmes, summed it up: ‘It’s not only the locations and props and the accessories – it’s the costumes, it’s the world that we create.
‘There’s so many people involved in order to make it feel like that. I’m never more taken aback than when I walk onto a new location and see the world that we are living in.’
Enola Holmes is available to stream on Netflix now.
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