Elementary Star Jonny Lee Miller Asked For Benedict Cumberbatch's Blessing

CBS raised quite a few eyebrows when the word got out that they had greenlighted a modern series take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's iconic Sherlock Holmes. See, CBS' Elementary was announced as Steven Moffat's British series, Sherlock -- a modern series take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's iconic Sherlock Holmes – was earning praise and fans on both sides of the pond. Coincidence? In a new interview, Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch has revealed that actor Jonny Lee Miller asked for his blessing for taking the lead role in Elementary.

Speaking to Shortlist, Cumberbatch says that he tracked down a copy of the Elementary script after Miller had told him about the show. "I think there’s room for us both to coexist," says Cumberbatch. "I don’t feel threatened by it and I wish him the best, which is as diplomatic as I can be."

We can't blame Cumberbatch for damning Elementary with faint praise, but the guy definitely earns classiness for being diplomatic about the whole thing. Still, he can't entirely disguise his dubiousness about CBS's coattail-riding Sherlock series. He continues:

I did say, 'Well, I’d prefer you didn’t do it but you’ve got a kid to feed, a nice house in LA and a wife to keep in good clothes.' When you get used to a certain standard of living and they waft a pay cheque at you, what are you going to do? I think Jonny was like, 'Mate, I’ve got the f*cking mountain to climb here [to reach the acclaim of Sherlock], you’ve got nothing to fear.' I wish him the best of luck, but I’m a bit cynical about why they’ve chosen to do it and why they cast him.

Cumberbatch is expected to return for another series of Sherlock, with co-creator Mark Gatiss recently dropping some hints via Twitter. In the meantime, Cumberbatch is busy being a big damn movie star by playing the as-yet-unidentified villain in J.J. Abrams' second Star Trek film.

As for Elementary, it's set to premiere September 27th on CBS, starring Miller as Sherlock Holmes and Lucy Liu as a female version of Watson.