‘Sherlock Holmes 2′ Has Found Its Moriarty

Published 5 years ago by , Updated July 12th, 2013 at 10:53 am,

Latino Review has received an exclusive scoop on the actor who has apparently won the role of the diabolical Professor Moriarty in Sherlock Holmes 2 – and it is neither Brad Pitt or Daniel Day-Lewis.

Character actor Jared Harris – who currently stars on the critically-acclaimed AMC TV show Mad Men – has reportedly snagged the role of Moriarty, Holmes’ infamous arch-nemesis.  The professor lurked in the shadows of last year’s Sherlock Holmes, which concluded on a note that set up the dastardly figure to become the central villain in next year’s sequel.

British thespian Stephen Fry signed on to play Mycroft Holmes in director Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes 2 at the end of last week, while Noomi Rapace – star of the Swedish Girl With the Dragon Tattoo film – will play the female lead in the sequel.  Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law are set to reprise their roles as Sherlock Holmes and his companion Dr. Watson, respectively.

Several names have been touted over the past several months as possibilities to play Moriarty, including that of Pitt, as well as Oscar-winners like Day-Lewis, Sean Penn and Javier Bardem.  This is the first that there has even been any mention of Harris’ name in connection to the role.

Jared Harris on Mad Men Sherlock Holmes 2 Has Found Its Moriarty

Jared Harris as Lane Pryce on ‘Mad Men.’

Harris is a London-born actor whose father was the late Richard Harris (a.k.a. Professor Dumbledore in the first two Harry Potter films).  He has quite the diverse filmography and had appeared in features ranging from Oliver Stone’s Natural Born Killers to David Fincher’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and even a memorable role on Fringe before he joined the main cast of Man Men at the beginning of its third season.

While Harris does not play an outright villain on Mad Men, his character on the show, Lane Pryce, is very much a dignified fellow who approaches his line of work with the utmost professionalism.  That alone is a perfect fit for Moriarty, who definitely belongs to the refined (if criminally insane) school of antagonists.

We will let you know if Harris has been confirmed for Sherlock Holmes 2 as soon as possible.

Source: Latino Review

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  1. No brad pitt or daniel day lewis? fail…

  2. Yeah I thought Pitt did the VO for the first one.

  3. Never heard of him, doesn’t seem to fit with what little we saw of Moriarty in the first film.

  4. perfect
    nuff said

    till next time

  5. I have to admit, I was looking forward to the idea of Daniel Day-Lewis in this role. Jared Harris is a good actor, though.

    • totally agree Jason.

  6. was really hoping for hugh laurie would be great to see him with stephen fry again they are amazing together

  7. Can’t say I’m excited, but certainly glad it wasn’t Pitt or DDL


    • @ Erik K Kelly: No way you could go wrong there.

    • Agreed.

  9. King Mob is pleased. This is a BRILLIANT choice.

  10. If this is true, it’s a fantastic choice and I look forward to his work with great interest.

  11. Harris was excellent in season 1 of Fringe. Very good choice.

    • Good job DC! You are correct!!!

  12. Richard E Grant.

  13. When compared to the picture of Moriarty above, Harris is not a bad choice. But I never would’ve picked Jude Law for Watson and I love what he brought to the character. I just assumed they’d go the same way for Moriarty and pick someone a little less conventional to bring the book character to life in a more realistic fashion.

    I don’t see Harris’ Moriarty as an equal to Downey, Jr.’s Holmes. I pictured someone more physically akin to Downey, Jr. and taller.

    I do like Harris in “Mad Men” and his role on “Fringe” was outstanding. I guess we’ll see.

  14. It should be interesting to see Harris in the role, tho I would have liked to see Richard Grant in the role.

  15. I like the actor but not for that role, i keep seeing him as the Major from Hellsing. I would of rather had Jeremy Irons or Ben Cross

  16. GREAT Choice for Prof M.