Jared Harris Officially Professor Moriarty in Sherlock Holmes 2

September 28, 2010
Source: Latino Review

Moriarty / Jared Harris

Even though rumors about the ending of Guy Ritchie's unique take on Sherlock Holmes circled around a Brad Pitt cameo as the infamous detective's nemesis Professor Moriarty. While the signature villain did make an appearance at the end of the first film, Pitt was nowhere to be seen, but neither was the character's face as we only caught a glimpse of his hand and silhouette with an unknown actor providing his voice. Now Latino Review has a big scoop on who will step into the villain's shoes for the sequel. Though it's not a big name, unless something goes amiss, Jared Harris ("Mad Men") is said to take the pivotal role.

Moriarty is a criminal mastermind, described by Holmes as the "Napoleon of Crime," and since Harris has shown an amazingly subtle but powerful presence as an intimidating executive on "Mad Men," this is right up his alley. In addition to his work on "Mad Men," Harris has also had supporting roles in films like The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Igby Goes Down and Lost in Space. The actor is also son to the late great Richard Harris, so talent just runs in his blood, I suppose. Latino Review says this is pretty much a sure thing "barring any unforeseen circumstances or the deal falling apart at the last minute," so with this news getting out, hopefully we'll have official confirmation soon enough. What do you guys think?

Update: Warner Bros. has confirmed Jared Harris is Professor Moriarty in Sherlock Holmes 2.

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Reader Feedback - 12 Comments


It could definitely work, although I'd be intrigued to see Pitt in the role!

Dougbowski on Sep 28, 2010


You know I would love to see Pitt as Moriarty...but if Ritchie wants Harris then I'll stand behind him.

Xerxex on Sep 28, 2010


ive watched harris for years now on most of the stuff hes been involved in. i reckon hes a great actor and thankfully due to madmen he is getting a bigger audience, to tell the truth i dont want pitt, it would be odd, id happily watch harris do it since i believe he is one of the most fantastic "little known" actors today

LP on Sep 28, 2010


Great casting.

Bash on Sep 28, 2010


I think Harris can take it and go with it, Even if Guy Richie is an iffy director

Jimmy Love on Sep 28, 2010


great casting

tir na nog on Sep 29, 2010


Fantastic! Yeah, because Pitt doesnt have his hold on cinema today anyways....this guy is great and definitely adds excitement for the next movie. "Great news, everybody!"

Voice of Reason on Sep 29, 2010


I think he's much more fitting for the role than Brad Pitt. Good choice.

Craig on Sep 29, 2010


Bradd Pitt would of been awesome but Jared Harris may very well be even better.But what about Daniel Day Lewis? was that just a rumor?

Zack Pesata on Sep 29, 2010


This is phenomenal casting!

Harm on Sep 29, 2010


Ethan please do not forget his brilliant performance in "Fringe" Season 1. This is awesome news!

Clover on Sep 29, 2010


He was great as bad guy in Fringe and he's great in Mad men. Good choice.

xMort on Sep 29, 2010

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