Sherlock Holmes 2 finds its Moriarty, Russell Brand also to star?

News Simon Brew 29 Sep 2010 - 05:02

Earlier in the week, it was confirmed that Stephen Fry was to play Mycroft in Sherlock Holmes 2. And now we know who’s playing Moriarty, too…

It was inevitable, given how heavily he was teased throughout Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes movie, that Moriarty would be taking a more prominent role in the soon-to-shoot sequel. But the original speculation that Brad Pitt was being lined up for the role has proved very wide of the mark.

Instead, joining the cast that already includes Robert Downey Jr, Jude Law and Stephen Fry will be Jared Harris. He's the son of the late Richard Harris, and will be taking on the role of Moriarty in the new film, although how extensive the part is remains to be seen. Right now, you can see Jared Harris plying his trade in Mad Men, where he plays Lane Pryce.

The Daily Mail, meanwhile, is suggesting that Russell Brand may be joining the production too, although it seems to be based thus far on a visit by Brand to director Guy Ritchie's house. The Mail seems to think it was with regards to a role in Sherlock Holmes 2, although inevitably, there's no confirmation or formal word on this. We'll keep you posted.

You can read more on the Moriarty story over at Latino Review here.

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