Published On: Mon, Jul 29th, 2013

Lars Mikkelsen revealed as Charles Augustus Magnussen, the villain for ‘Sherlock’ season 3

The season 2 cliffhanger left fans of Sherlock wanting more yet having no idea how the production will move forward. Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman will depart from their Hollywood success to return for another trilogy of Sherlock Holmes adventures.

lars_mikkelsen as Sherlock villain season 3Now Sherlock producer Sue Vertue has tweeted a picture of Lars Mikkelsen as Charles Augustus Magnussen, whom she describes as “Sherlock’s new nemesis.”

The early theory is that Magnussen is actually a modernized version of Charles Augustus Milverton, the so-called “king of the blackmailers” who appeared in the Arthur Conan Doyle short story, “The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton.” That story took place after Sherlock Holmes’ return from Reichenbach Falls, which would be appropriate since the third season will also take place after Sherlock faked his death.

Sherlock executive producers Vertue, Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss made an appearance at San Diego’s Comic-Con in late July to discuss the upcoming third season of the British series, which airs on PBS Masterpiece in the U.S.

In the season-three premiere, “The Empty Hearse,” the panelists revealed the focus will be on the impact Sherlock’s faked death will have on Watson.

Sherlock is set to return in October on BBC One and in the US in early 2014.

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  1. Benedict Cumberbatch says ‘Sherlock’ season 3 has an ‘incredible new villain’ and won’t speculate on Holmes - The Global Dispatch says:

    […] The star discusses the new series of the BBC detective drama Sherlock saying that it featurs an ”incredible new villain” in the form of Lars Mikkelsen. Read more here […]

  2. New ‘Sherlock’ season 3 tease from BBC One has Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman ‘against the world’ - The Global Dispatch says:

    […] Mikkelsen joins the cast as Charles Augustus Magnussen, whom she describes as “Sherlock’s new […]

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