Professor Moriarty has been caught!
Character actor Jared Harris (TV's Mad Men) has been offered the role in the upcoming Sherlock Holmes 2
It was first reported by Latino Review (and later confirmed by Deadline).
The actor is the son of the legendary son of the legendary Richard Harris beat out bigger name actors like Daniel Day Lewis, Russell Crowe or Brad Pitt, who have both been rumoured for the villain role as the film prepped. Harris has acted and won various awards for his work on stage, in television and across many independent and mainstream movies over the past two decades.
Harris joins the returning duo of Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law, along with the recent additions to the cast, Stephen Fry as Holmes’ older brother Mycroft and Noomi Rapace.
Guy Ritchie returns as director with Dan Lin, Joel Silver, Susan Downey and Lionel Wigram producing.
The sequel has a Dec. 16, 2011, release date.
Harris actually makes a far better choice than the bigger names so that the role doesn't become small over the actor playing him Was excited by the possibility of Pitt et al but this casting is cooler and serves the film well