Sherlock sequel gains Moriarty
...and the casting is, quite frankly, perfect. On the Filmstalker Facebook Page I posted the other day that Stephen Fry announced he was set to join Sherlock Holmes 2 as the character, Mycroft and that there was no news of who would be playing Moriarty. Previous rumours had suggested that Brad Pitt was to make a short appearance as the famous villain in the first film.
Today it's been announced that the actor has been chosen for the role of Sherlock's arch villain Moriarty, and the choice is superb.
Jared Harris, who is well known for Mad Men and his role in Fringe, is set to take on the role according to Latino Review through The Hollywood Reporter Heat Vision, and if you ask me just looking at the actor and thinking of his villainous roles we've seen so far, this could be a really great match, far better than the big names that were being banded around in rumours, names such as Brad Pitt and Daniel Day Lewis.
So we know we'll see Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law returning for the sequel, and with Harris as Moriarty, Stephen Fry as Mycroft Holmes, Sherlock's brother, and the star of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo films Noomi Rapace as the female lead, I think we're looking at a pretty strong line-up for the sequel. Could this be as good as the first? Perhaps even better?
I think it may well end up being stronger and better than the original Sherlock Holmes, and perhaps move to deliver some depth to the story rather than the action-adventure we saw with the first film.
Don't get me wrong, I actually enjoyed Sherlock Holmes, but it wasn't really a Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes was it? Oh right, yes he does his boxing and the character is more like him than the intellectual one, perhaps so. There are some more similarities, but looking at all the other versions of the character seen on screen there are also some more similarities in the others that we don't see in this film version, and some aspects that are paid lip service but never really explored.
Could Sherlock Holmes 2 be better? I think so, and the cast is certainly looking like it could help deliver it.