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Brad Pitt May be Moriarty in Sherlock Sequel.

By Jarrod Sarafin     September 22, 2009
Source: HR's Risky Biz

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It seems that Warner Bros. is moving forward with Sherlock Holmes 2, reports HR's Risky Biz Blog. Three months before the first film hits theaters on Christmas Day, the studio  has already hired the screenwriting duo, Kieran and Michele Mulroney (Justice League: Mortal), to pen a draft of the new tale.

The trade also confirms that Brad Pitt has had discussions with producers to star as Holmes' nemesis Moriarty in the new pic,  though there is no deal in place for him to take the part. This comes on top of rumors of Pitt making a brief voice cameo as the character in the first installment, hidden in shadows and recognized only in voice form. 

The first film stars Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams, Mark Strong, Eddie Marsan and Kelly Reilly. Guy Ritchie directed from a screenplay by Michael Robert Johnson, Anthony Peckham, Wigram and Simon Kinberg.

Plot Concept: In a dynamic new portrayal of Arthur Conan Doyle's most famous characters, "Sherlock Holmes" sends Holmes and his stalwart partner Watson on their latest challenge. Revealing fighting skills as lethal as his legendary intellect, Holmes will battle as never before to bring down a new nemesis and unravel a deadly plot that could destroy the country.

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StarlightGuard 9/22/2009 10:33:35 AM


oh god.....now I like the Brad.....but Moriarity?

I still can't accept Downey Jr as Holmes

ddiaz28 9/22/2009 11:11:43 AM

I would love to see Brad as a villain.  He always plays the hero.   Has he eve played a villain?  I can't think of any off the top of my head.

violator14 9/22/2009 11:34:42 AM

ddiaz- Yes. He played a super red neck hick who was a serial killer in "Kalifornia". He was awesome. Check it out.

As much as i love the Bradster, even i cant see him as Moriarty. Im sure itll be an interesting performance, but i think there could have been some better choices. Like can we get some real british guys to play the british guys w/ real british accents? It shouldnt be that hard.

Calibur454 9/22/2009 11:38:45 AM

The first movie isn't out yet and already plans for a sequel are being made. The trailer for the first one looks really good. Downey is more than talented enough to pull off a charachter like holmes. Brad is an interesting choice for a villian. It is quite possible that he wants to spread out his wings a little bit. Just about every major actor in hollywood is looking for a franchise to keep up with the hollywood pack. This one could be it for Brad if the movies are done right.


Hobbs 9/22/2009 11:51:21 AM

I'm not a big Pitt fan by any means but he showed some chops in Basterds.  I'm almost willing to give him a chance on something like this...I said almost.

fft5305 9/22/2009 11:54:35 AM

I'll believe it when I see it. Sounds like a wacko rumor.

jedi4sshield 9/22/2009 12:23:34 PM

I can totally see Pitt in the role. Just think of him as an Evil Louis from Interview w Vampire and with shorter hair. Oh and no Fangs!

galaga51 9/22/2009 1:09:08 PM

I don't know fft... if they feel strongly about the film (a good sign perhaps?), they may want to get a new script going asap so they can jump into production as soon as they know the first is a success to keep the delay as short as possible. 

I typically like Brad Pitt's acting, in particular from (but not limited to) Seven, Twelve Monkeys, Fight Club, and Snatch.  When his character is not wallowing in his own self pity, he is dynamic and fun to watch.  You'd figure a Brit would be easy to find, but that hasn't stopped plenty of actors crossing the pond either direction for a role with a different accent, but most likely, this is due to the Guy Ritchie connection.  

I don't know much about the specifics about Moriarty's character, but in light of this particular series, I suppose it doesn't matter too much.

Wiseguy 9/22/2009 2:14:59 PM

I think Pitt is a heck of a talented actor, sure at first he was just eye candy for the ladies and some guys but he has more than proven himself across the board with much different characters.

They know they have a hit in their hands. RDJ, Law and Ritchie doing anything without Maddonna is a pretty damn good start plus the film looks totally kickass

madmanic999 9/22/2009 3:16:04 PM

Pitt will be amazing in this role... trust me...

Don't believe it, just watch him in Se7en, Fight Club, the Assination of Jesse James, 12 Monkeys, this guy knows how to pull off complex characters.  He will give the character unique depth.

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