After ‘Sherlock Holmes’ managed to uncover more than 65 million dollars in its opening weekend, the sequel is being planned with Brad Pitt reportedly the top choice to portray the sinister Professor Moriarty.
PopEater.com reports that Robert Downey Jr. (Sherlock Holmes) and Jude Law (Watson) have already signed on and now Pitt, 46, is being tipped to play villain Moriarty.
“The director, Guy Ritchie, loves Brad,” the New York Daily News quoted an industry source as saying.
“He has worked with him before and thinks he is one of the most underrated actors working today. Guy knows that everyone thinks of Pitt as a pretty boy and can’t wait to turn him into the world’s greatest super villain. It will definitely make the sequel a must-see,” the source added.
If you’ve seen Holmes, you know that Moriarty is only shown behind dark shadows, and only heard as a gruff English voice speaking to Rachel McAdams’ and showing off a fancy handgun or two. It never even occurred to me that it was Pitt’s voice behind that English accent, but UGO’s Matt Patches asked Ritchie himself, and, well, Ritchie hedged.
Patches: I have to ask, who plays the voice of Moriarty in this movie?
Guy Ritchie: I’m not going to tell you.
Matt Patches: I have to say, it sounded a little like Brad Pitt.
Guy Ritchie: Can’t say.