Toby Jones is adding another feather to his increasingly full fandom cap: the English actor will star as a major villain during the upcoming season of BBC’s Sherlock.
In today’s BBC press release, Jones said he was “excited” and “intruiged” by his character, while show co-creator Steven Moffat stated he was “delighted to have Toby Jones on board, bringing to life one of Doyle’s finest villains.” Fellow co-creator Mark Gatiss followed up on the sentiment, adding:”We’re thrilled to welcome one of our finest actors to the Sherlock family. I know Toby will embrace the part with true relish.”
The pair have remained mum so fair regarding which villain Jones will bring to life, though the announcement revealed he will be featured in the second episode of the new season. The episode began filming today and is being directed by Nick Hurran (who directed last season’s “His Last Vow”).
Jones has had villainous turns before, from playing the Dream Lord in the 2010 Doctor Who episode “Amy’s Choice” to the persistent Dr. Arnim Zola in the first two Captain America films. In his not-so-despicable roles, Jones voiced Dobby in the Harry Potter films and appeared as the announcer Claudius Templesmith in all three instalments of The Hunger Games. The actor will next be heard voicing a character in this month’s Alice Through the Looking Glass.
The fourth season of Sherlock has no release date, but will likely follow tradition by airing at the outset of 2017.