Brad Pitt Might Star in Sherlock Holmes Sequel

September 22, 2009

Even though Sherlock Holmes is three months away from hitting theaters, Warner Bros. has green lit the sequel. On top of that, it looks like Brad Pitt might appear in it as Holmes' nemesis, Moriarty. Is there enough space on the screen for Robert Downey, Jr. and Pitt?

At this point nothing is written in stone, or even in ink. No deals have been sealed, but all the trades are reporting it so there could be a sliver of truth to the rumors:

Brad Pitt has had discussions with producers to star as Holmes' nemesis Moriarty in the new pic, say people familiar with the project, though there is no deal in place for him to take the part...Pitt has been the subject of a litany of blog rumors as appearing in several shots of Holmes as Moriarty, but those familiar with the script say the character is in shadow and cannot be recognized.

It's hard to get too excited about this news until A) we've seen the first film, and B) we've seen whether director Guy Ritchie has got his groove back. Rock'n Rolla was, to put it mildly, a disappointment and not up to par with his other films like Snatch.

Holmes, on the other hand, seems to a change of pace for him, one that he badly needs. The criminal underworld of Britain has been fully explored by him, and he took this as a sign that if he was to continue to explore it he needed to go back to the nineteenth century.

All these rumors could vanish as quickly as they appeared if the first film doesn't deliver as expected, as it's happened before. We'll just have to sit back and wait to see if Robert Downey, Jr. can do for Holmes what he did for Iron Man.

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