Natalie Dormer, known best for her historical roles, currently as Margaery Tyrell in Game of Thrones and previously as Anne Boleyn in The Tudors, has been cast in the pivotal role of Irene Adler in CBS’s hit drama Elementary. Ironically, if the show wasn’t a modern day interpretation of Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller), she’d be playing yet another character from the past.
Earlier this season it was revealed that until Sherlock met Irene he had no interest in women and found them quite boring. We also discovered that his foe Moriarty was the man to take her life and that Sherlock has no desire to capture Moriarty, but to torture and murder him. It was her death that sent Sherlock into a downward spiral of drug addiction that he has only been able to successfully conquer with the help of Dr. Joan Watson (Lucy Liu).
Natalie Dormer will make her first appearance as Sherlock’s former love interest on the show for a three episode arc that will lead up to a two hour finale on May 9th.
“We’re moving to the next chapter in our show – and in some ways, to a previous chapter in Holmes’ story,” said executive producer creator Rob Doherty in a press release. “Irene Adler is perhaps the most pivotal relationship in Sherlock’s life, and I can’t think of an actress better suited to the challenge than Natalie.”
The series has already been picked up for a second season by CBS. Ardent fans will no doubt start to put together their own puzzle as to whether Moriarty truly killed Irene Adler or if she’s going to be found alive and come back as a character for the second season. Fans of Sherlock Holmes are very adamant when it comes to Irene and never give up hope where she’s involved. Stay tuned!