First ‘Sherlock Holmes 2′ Posters Reveal Moriarty & Noomi Rapace

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:30 pm,

Sherlock Holmes 2 movie posters First Sherlock Holmes 2 Posters Reveal Moriarty & Noomi Rapace

A trailer for Guy Ritchie’s sequel, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, will (unsurprisingly) premiere in theaters in front of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 this upcoming Friday. So keep an eye out for it to arrive online before the week is out.

In the meantime, two posters for the Sherlock Holmes sequel have made their way online, offering fans an early look at Jared Harris as the nefarious Professor Moriarty and Noomi Rapace as the mysterious gypsy, Sim.

The Mad Men actor and Girl With the Dragon Tattoo actress are the two big additions to the Sherlock Holmes franchise, which still features Robery Downey Jr. as the film’s eponymous detective and Jude Law as his ever-loyal (if often infuriated) associate, Dr. Watson.

In the first Sherlock Holmes, we were left wondering just what the top-hatted Moriarty looked like, since he remained in shadows throughout the film (hence the title of the sequel). Now, one of the new posters for the followup reveals just that – and also offers assurances that Downey Jr.’s Holmes (among other things) still isn’t in the habit of being clean shaven.

Check out the new Game of Shadows posters (via Yahoo! Movies) in the gallery below:


Harris as Moriarty appears to be going the same “You Can Tell I’m Evil Because of my Facial Hair” route that Orlando Bloom is in the upcoming Three Musketeers movie. Of course, the former has the screen presence and acting chops to make a bearded Moriarty work as Holmes’ refined but diabolical opponent, while the former Pirates of the Caribbean franchise star just looks… well, kind of silly.

Rapace, by comparison, did a fair amount of research for her turn as a gypsy, and her efforts look to have paid off. Rachel McAdams’ Irene Adler was fun, but arguably underused as the female lead in the first Sherlock Holmes, so hopefully Rapace’s Sim will be more involved in Holmes and Watson’s “wacky” adventures in the second installment.

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Back in 2009, Sherlock Holmes was released in theaters just a week after Avatar began its multi-bilion dollar run at the U.S. and global box office. Holmes still managed to hold its own, bringing in some $524 million around the world and earning its fair share of critical accolades for being a fun and exciting period action-adventure pic that boasted a buddy pairing (Downey Jr. and Law) who had great chemistry.

This year, Game of Shadows will have to compete with another franchise-installment-with-a-clunky-title, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, during its opening weekend. Don’t be surprised if more people turn out to see Downey Jr. reprise his turn as a brilliant detective than watch Tom Cruise kick butt as the spy Ethan Hunt (though the M:I – 4 trailer suggests the Cruise vehicle may be worth checking out, too).

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows arrives in U.S. theaters on December 16th, 2011.

Source: Yahoo! Movies

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  1. Sweet! I’ve been waiting so long for some new developments on Sherlock Holmes 2!

    The first one remains my favorite movie of all time (though not by much).

    RDJ does an excellent job portraying the famous detective and I can’t wait to see what they have in store for us next.

  2. Cool posters I cant wait to see this :)

    • Rickster! How could you have time to write this, you should be watching and re-watching all the HP films in anticipation for DH:2!

  3. I just hope that this sequel won’t be like every other sequel ever made… (i.o.w. TERRIBLE :()

  4. I really liked the first one (much better than Avatar IMO) but i will definitely try to see MI:4 before i try to see this… I mean this is Sherlock Holmes, but Mission: Impossible? Eff Yea!

    • I agree and disagree with with you…

      IMO, Sherlock Holmes was also better than Avatar, but there is no way that I’ll see MI4 before I see Sherlock 2… MI4 wouldn’t even register as a movie option if Sherlock 2 was showing.

  5. So im guessing Rachel Mcadams is not returning? Bummer she was really nice to look at.

    • It was mentioned that she’ll be in here but here role will be considererably diminished.
      I don’t see that as much of a loss since I thought her character was kind of useless in the original.

    • She’s supposed to have a cameo… at least that’s what I’ve heard

  6. I was shocked at how much I did enjoy the first Sherlock Holmes movie with Robert Downey Jr. in the starring role. Looking forward to this one.

  7. Love this Sherlock Holmes series. I like how they hinted at Holmes opium addiction. Hope they make it a little more obvious this time around as it was a huge in the books.

  8. Why is Holmes carrying an 1896 broom handled Mauser? Holmes normally carried a revolver.

  9. Caution, Spoiler about Sherlock Holmes 2:

    Moriarti is Watson’s fiancee.