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08.17.2009

Update: False. From Warners: "The report in today’s London Mirror is completely inaccurate. Brad Pitt is not joining the cast of Sherlock Holmes." Lame. This would have been pretty excellent, and I'll still hold out some hope that Pitt shows up in the sequel.

With the disclaimer that what you're about to hear is at this point still a rumor, UK magazine The Mirror is reporting that Guy Ritchie has called up his old pal Brad Pitt to head to London to film some scenes as Sherlock Holmes' nemesis, Dr. Moriarty. Sayeth the source:

“It was an oversight in the film not to make a bigger deal about Moriarty. He is mentioned as Holmes’ arch enemy, but the bosses wanted Guy to make more of him. Jude Law (who plays Dr Watson) and Robert Downey Jr (Holmes) have already shot their scenes…But now that 10 extra days have been added to shoot the new ones, they may be called back for a day or two.”

The source goes on to elaborate just where all Pitt’s Moriarty scenes will be shot in London including Royal Victoria Dock, Pontoon Docks, Pinewood, Chatham Docks and at Cliveden House which is said to be where they’ve made Moriarty’s home. This kind of specificity gives you pause to think this might actually be happening.

If it is true, it’s a bit odd since it’s pretty late in the game for a seemingly major addition to the film, but it’s certainly not unheard of. Moriarty’s role will most likely be less than major (so the entire film doesn’t have to be re-shot), and I’m betting it would more than likely be paving the way for a larger part in a HOLMES sequel.

What do you think about this possibility? I’d be excited to see Ritchie and Pitt reunited, no doubt about it, but only if he can be integrated smoothly and this reworking doesn’t push the project back until March.

Extra Tidbit: Pitt is the tipping point that makes me like SNATCH more than LOCK STOCK. Feckiní dags!
Source: The Mirror

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10:18AM on 08/18/2009

why aren't people getting their panties in a twist

This is technically a remake (of an adaptation no less) - so where are all the anti-remake brownshirts?
This is technically a remake (of an adaptation no less) - so where are all the anti-remake brownshirts?
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6:32PM on 08/17/2009
Ones source for movie information should not be a British tabliod, no offense to the writing team but they don't know shit. Some of the stupid fucking things I've read/seen on British papers/programmes concerning movies are laughable.
Ones source for movie information should not be a British tabliod, no offense to the writing team but they don't know shit. Some of the stupid fucking things I've read/seen on British papers/programmes concerning movies are laughable.
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3:40PM on 08/17/2009

@ mandee

he's played dark and evil a bunch of times. fight club. 12 monkeys. kalifornia. we know he can do it. sad that this is justa rumor though. that might have made me interested in seeing it. love rdj but ritchie and jude law suck now.
he's played dark and evil a bunch of times. fight club. 12 monkeys. kalifornia. we know he can do it. sad that this is justa rumor though. that might have made me interested in seeing it. love rdj but ritchie and jude law suck now.
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3:06PM on 08/17/2009

most be a slow day at Joblo

Do some research before you post something
Do some research before you post something
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2:04PM on 08/17/2009

Studio says No

Universal has come out and said this story is false and Brad Pitt is NOT going to appear as Moriarty. They said the reshoots that are taking place are standard film reshoots. And that the original Christmas 2009 date is still set. So I guess we'll see, unless they are trying to keep it under wrap so they are trying to kill the story.
Universal has come out and said this story is false and Brad Pitt is NOT going to appear as Moriarty. They said the reshoots that are taking place are standard film reshoots. And that the original Christmas 2009 date is still set. So I guess we'll see, unless they are trying to keep it under wrap so they are trying to kill the story.
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1:22PM on 08/17/2009

Accent?

We all know from watching Troy, Pitt can't do an English accent. We can't count SNATCH, as he was IRISH, and we couldn't understand a word.
We all know from watching Troy, Pitt can't do an English accent. We can't count SNATCH, as he was IRISH, and we couldn't understand a word.
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12:46PM on 08/17/2009

Hope It's True

It would be really interesting to see him play dark and evil.
It would be really interesting to see him play dark and evil.
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12:28PM on 08/17/2009

Chances of this being true? 5%

I'm a big fan of Pitt, but this doesn't sound likely at all.

Never believe anything "reported" by The Mirror. I don't live in England, but I heard from a friend that they are renowned for making up stories.
I'm a big fan of Pitt, but this doesn't sound likely at all.

Never believe anything "reported" by The Mirror. I don't live in England, but I heard from a friend that they are renowned for making up stories.
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11:47AM on 08/17/2009
Just added another reason I'm seeing this film.
Just added another reason I'm seeing this film.
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11:45AM on 08/17/2009

1st of all...

...Lock, Stock is WAAAYYY better than Snatch, regardless of Pitt's involvment.
Secondly, I'd be down with a Pitt/Ritchie re-team, but I REALLY don't see Pitt as Moriarty. Not that he doesn't have the chops, he just doesn't have the look...
...Lock, Stock is WAAAYYY better than Snatch, regardless of Pitt's involvment.
Secondly, I'd be down with a Pitt/Ritchie re-team, but I REALLY don't see Pitt as Moriarty. Not that he doesn't have the chops, he just doesn't have the look...
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1:00PM on 08/17/2009
Yeah, he doesn't have the preconceived "look", but neither do Law or Downey for their respective characters. I don't see why that should be a problem for Pitt.
Yeah, he doesn't have the preconceived "look", but neither do Law or Downey for their respective characters. I don't see why that should be a problem for Pitt.
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