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.
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