News came in this morning that Toby Jones, the brilliant character actor probably best known for his role of Red Skull’s number two, Arnim Zola, in Captain America: The First Avenger and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, will be joining the cast of Sherlock for Season 4. Jones said that he’s “excited and intrigued” by the character he is playing, but we know very little about who this character is beyond that. Steven Moffat did, however, say that Jones will be playing one of “[Arthur Conan] Doyle’s finest villains,” so fans of the books may have a stronger inkling on this one.
Jones will appear in the second episode of Season 4, which is currently being shot with Nick Hurran at the helm as director, following his superb work on the Season 3 finale, “His Last Vow.” This is all especially exciting considering the fact that Sherlock is one of those rare shows, like The Americans and Louie, that gets better and more ambitious with each passing season. In fact, I thought the series was an overrated, if inarguably entertaining trifle until last season came around. This also reunites Jones with Benedict Cumberbatch, who last worked together as dueling spies in the fantastic remake of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy, which was also connected to the BBC.
This is just another notch on Jones’ incredibly varied and thriving career. He’s been working on a number of TV shows as of recently, including the misbegotten Wayward Pines, and he appeared in both Tale of Tales and The Man Who Knew Infinity on the big screen recently. He’ll next be seen in Alice Through the Looking Glass, the sequel to Tim Burton‘s dreadful Alice in Wonderland, but more exciting is his upcoming project with Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy director Tomas Alfredson, The Snowman, which will pit him against Michael Fassbender and Rebecca Ferguson. That won’t hit theaters until next year, so his villain role in Season 4 of Sherlock should act as a perfect appetizer to the bleak, duplicitous world of The Snowman.