Jared Harris Nabs ‘Moriarty’ Role In Sherlock Sequel!

By on 29 September, 2010

Mad Men‘ actor Jared Harris has been cast as Sherlock Holmes‘ arch nemesis, Professor Moriarty, in Guy Ritchie‘s sequel to the 2009 hit movie – Variety reports.

The studio had been considering a number of actors, including Daniel Day Lewis, to play the British sleuth’s number one enemy, before landing on Harris, who has history of portraying slithery characters – namely in Fox’s ‘Fringe and FX’s ‘The Riches‘. Brad Pitt was not in the running, despite several rumours. Warner Bros. confirmed Harris‘ casting, which was first reported by latinoreview.com.

Moriarty briefly appeared in the franchise’s first outing last year, but his face was never revealed. The character will serve as the main villain in ‘Sherlock Holmes 2‘. 

Robert Downey Jr. will return as Holmes, pairing up with Jude Law again as Dr. John Watson.

Casting is well underway on the next installment, with Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) playing the female lead in her first English role, and Stephen Fry recently cast as Holmes‘ brother.

The studio has penned in a release date of 16th December 2011 for the sequel, with Guy Ritchie behind the camera along with producers including Dan Lin, Joel Silver, Susan Downey and Lionel Wigram

Kieran and Michele Mulroney worked on the script.

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