As filmmaker Guy Ritchie puts the finishing touches on his re-writes of the Sherlock Holmes 2 script, rumors are swirling over who will portray the infamous Professor Moriarty. Originally, Brad Pitt’s name was tossed around the rumor mill. Now, two-time Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis has been added to the list.

You may remember the mysterious silhouetted Moriarty in Sherlock Holmes. We only heard his voice and nobody was listed in the credits as playing him. It is doubtful that actor who will actually play Holmes’ archenemy provided the voice work, but it would be quite a stroke of genius.

Superhero Hype claims a number of other top-tier actors have been rumored as possibilities, including Sean Penn, Javier Bardem and Gary Oldman. All three of those options would be brilliant choices, but Day-Lewis just oozes Moriarty.

Immediately, the connection brings me to Lewis’ Oscar-nominated portrayal of Bill “The Butcher” Cutting in Gangs of New York. His tall, slender build perfectly contrasts Robert Downey, Jr.’s stocky, muscular body in a way that compares to Batman and The Riddler.

More importantly, whoever does play Professor Moriarty will need to at least match up with Downey, Jr. It is a tough task, but the villains he has faced in the last few years have been cast extremely well.

The only problem with this rumor is that Daniel Day-Lewis is famously picky with his roles. While films like Sherlock Holmes bring in big paychecks, Day-Lewis has always been a focused performer who takes on his roles with all his energy. It will ultimately come down to the script and Guy Ritchie’s pitch.

Would you like to see Daniel Day-Lewis as Professor Moriarty? Were you looking forward to a reunion of Ritchie and Pitt? Speak your mind on the Sherlock Holmes 2 rumors in the comments section below.

Sherlock Holmes 2 was rumored to begin filming this month, but that is highly unlikely at this stage in pre-production.

Source: Superhero Hype