Tom Hiddleston To Join ‘Sherlock’ Season 4 As Third Holmes Brother?

Fans of Tom Hiddleston and Sherlock are sure to be excited with the latest news regarding the 35-year-old English actor.

Reports say that Sherlock Season 4 will be adding new characters, and one of them could be Tom Hiddleston. According to Parent Herald, co-creators of the TV show, Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss (who plays Sherlock’s brother Mycroft), are interested in casting Hiddleston as the third Holmes brother, Sherrinford.

The report said that the creators were at first hesitant to cast Tom Hiddleston because of his busy schedule. However, fans speculate that it could still be a possibility as Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays Sherlock Holmes, is busy with Dr. Strange but still has the time to shoot Sherlock.

The third Holmes brother, as reports indicate, was already mentioned in Season 3 of Sherlock when Sherlock’s brother Mycroft was discussing the punishment for his brother. The politicians were insinuating that Mycroft might be biased because Sherlock is his brother, and he answered, “You know what happened with the other one,” most likely referring to the third Holmes brother.

As of writing, Tom Hiddleston’s appearance in Sherlock is not yet set in stone.

Aside from the rumor about Tom Hiddleston, there are other hints about what’s to come in Season 4 of Sherlock, as Moffat said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly a year ago. In Season 4, Moffat said that “there are answers coming to questions which nobody has asked.” When prodded to say more, Moffat revealed as little as possible, stating, “We’re very exultant about a little thing we’ve set up that no one is talking about.”

Moffat also revealed that Sherlock Season 4 is going to be about consequences.

“Chickens come to roost. It’s dark in some ways — obviously it’s great fun and a Sherlock Holmes romp and all that — but there’s a sense of… things… coming back to bite you. It’s not a safe, sensible way to live. It’s hilarious and exhilarating some days, but some days it’s going to be bloody frightening.”

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Actor Benedict Cumberbatch after receiving the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) from Queen Elizabeth II for services to the performing arts and to charity during an Investiture Ceremony at Buckingham Palace on November 10, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Anthony Devlin - WPA Pool / Getty Images)

The creators also revealed more about what’s to come in Season 4 in an interview with Den of Geek. According to them, viewers will see more of Mary in the coming season, as her identity as a former assassin was revealed in the past season.

“She can’t just go back to what she was before. She’s got to be super good at this… If we did anything else, it would be like we’d forgotten. She’s the professional, sort of looking after our two bumbling amateurs.”

It seems like Moffat and Gatiss are keeping things under wraps as much as they can, and not just from the viewers. Gatiss said that the actors are not in on all the secrets of Season 4 as well.

“I said something to Benedict about the fourth series — a big thing — and I thought, ‘Gosh, he’s not supposed to know that.’ And then I thought, ‘I don’t think he’s really heard… No he hasn’t.’”

The creators teased Sherlock fans even more by saying the following.

“There’s loads we’re not telling you.”

And to make secrets even more concealed, Sherlock writers have decided that some parts of the script won’t be on paper.

“There’s one coming up in this series where we jut agreed this will never be written down.”

Sherlock Season 4 is scheduled to be released in 2017, and filming will begin this spring. Despite all the secrets, the creators say that they will be announcing one-word spoilers for each episode of Season 4, just before they air.

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