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Sherlock Holmes sequel is searching for a Moriarty

06.23.2010

Mark Strong was a satisfactory villain in SHERLOCK HOLMES, but most people who have a basic familiarity with the famous sleuth were probably wondering when his nemesis Moriarty would step from the shadows.

Now that the action-detective's first case was a smash hit, SHERLOCK is coming back and his arch rival is stepping to the forefront. But who could personify such a devious character?

With director Guy Ritchie's sequel gearing up for production (it's due December 2011), that's a valid question. Some names on the supposed wish list for the dastardly Professor Moriarty currently include Daniel Day Lewis (ooh), Gary Oldman (please), Sean Penn (??) and Javier Bardem.

Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law will, of course, be coming back for more Victorian-era investigating and fisticuffs, this time contending with the menace of the most notorious criminal mastermind.

Extra Tidbit: Ritchie's SNATCH star Brad Pitt was previously rumored for the Moriarty role, with false claims that he shot cameos as the character in the first movie.
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2:50PM on 06/25/2010
I would prefer Frank Langella for some reason....even when I left the theater right after. He just seems perfect for the role.
I would prefer Frank Langella for some reason....even when I left the theater right after. He just seems perfect for the role.
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1:57AM on 06/25/2010
I love the first, and have faith that whomever they chose will in fact be, quite excellent.
I love the first, and have faith that whomever they chose will in fact be, quite excellent.
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1:18AM on 06/25/2010
my vote would be for Gary Oldman or perhaps Terrence Stamp
my vote would be for Gary Oldman or perhaps Terrence Stamp
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8:09PM on 06/24/2010
ABsolutely NO to D-Day Lewis. He'd ham it up worse than even his embarrassingly bad Bill the Butcher.

No, what we need is someone [link] warm, embracing, even...even as he tells you in the most soothing and calm voice that he's going to eat your children. If only Denholm Elliot were still alive...
ABsolutely NO to D-Day Lewis. He'd ham it up worse than even his embarrassingly bad Bill the Butcher.

No, what we need is someone [link] warm, embracing, even...even as he tells you in the most soothing and calm voice that he's going to eat your children. If only Denholm Elliot were still alive...
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7:22PM on 06/24/2010
Moriarty played by Daniel-Day Lewis? Oh hell yes.
Moriarty played by Daniel-Day Lewis? Oh hell yes.
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2:41PM on 06/24/2010

if

daniel day lewis or gary oldman are going to be in it im up for watching the second!
daniel day lewis or gary oldman are going to be in it im up for watching the second!
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1:23PM on 06/24/2010

NEVER LISTEN 2 CRITICS!

I love how some critics bashed this movie and it still kicked ass at the box office. Can't wait for part 2. I like the Lewis idea for Moriarty.
I love how some critics bashed this movie and it still kicked ass at the box office. Can't wait for part 2. I like the Lewis idea for Moriarty.
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12:32PM on 06/24/2010
Daniel Day Lewis is always a good choice. If they wanted someone a bit younger, maybe Daniel Craig...? If they want Moriarty to be a little older, then, and this is a big one, I'm going to propose Tom Waits.
Daniel Day Lewis is always a good choice. If they wanted someone a bit younger, maybe Daniel Craig...? If they want Moriarty to be a little older, then, and this is a big one, I'm going to propose Tom Waits.
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12:28PM on 06/24/2010
I'm just going to throw a few names out there and see what sticks:
Kenneth Branaugh.
Daniel Craig.
Terrence Stamp.
I'm just going to throw a few names out there and see what sticks:
Kenneth Branaugh.
Daniel Craig.
Terrence Stamp.
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12:22PM on 06/24/2010
Daniel Day Lewis is always a good choice. If they wanted someone a bit younger, maybe Daniel Craig...? If they want Moriarty to be a little older, then, and this is a big one, I'm going to propose Tom Waits.
Daniel Day Lewis is always a good choice. If they wanted someone a bit younger, maybe Daniel Craig...? If they want Moriarty to be a little older, then, and this is a big one, I'm going to propose Tom Waits.
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10:46AM on 06/24/2010

Clive Owen

Seriously. Owen is an amazing actor, does well playing "smart", and it would be great to see him play a villain.
Seriously. Owen is an amazing actor, does well playing "smart", and it would be great to see him play a villain.
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10:24AM on 06/24/2010

DDL FTW

Omg I really think DDL would own this role. Throw in a milkshake cameo and the movie will be GOLD JERRY! GOLD!
Omg I really think DDL would own this role. Throw in a milkshake cameo and the movie will be GOLD JERRY! GOLD!
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10:06AM on 06/24/2010
why not sacha baren cohen? it's must hilarious
why not sacha baren cohen? it's must hilarious
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9:19AM on 06/24/2010

I'm actually glad Brad Pitt wasn't mentioned in this article.

After hearing and seeing the presence Moriarty gave off in the first Sherlock Holmes, I doubt even Pitt could do that. It would be a dream come true to see Lewis or Oldman grace the screen alongside Downey Jr. and Law.
After hearing and seeing the presence Moriarty gave off in the first Sherlock Holmes, I doubt even Pitt could do that. It would be a dream come true to see Lewis or Oldman grace the screen alongside Downey Jr. and Law.
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7:57AM on 06/24/2010

Why no Pitt?

I was very much intrigued by the idea of Pitt stepping outside of his usual boundaries and playing a true-to-life villain (the world's very first literary supervillain, in fact). Sure, Daniel Day and Oldman would be great choices, but it'd be super typecasting as the role would be a walk in the park for either of them. Plus, Javier Badem? What the shit?

I just don't see how they went from having an original, inspired casting choice (Pitt) to having what, at first glance, looks like the
I was very much intrigued by the idea of Pitt stepping outside of his usual boundaries and playing a true-to-life villain (the world's very first literary supervillain, in fact). Sure, Daniel Day and Oldman would be great choices, but it'd be super typecasting as the role would be a walk in the park for either of them. Plus, Javier Badem? What the shit?

I just don't see how they went from having an original, inspired casting choice (Pitt) to having what, at first glance, looks like the wishlist of some movie fanboy. I'm sure the film will be dope either way, but still....
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5:49AM on 06/24/2010

And maybe?

Hell yes on Oldman & hell yes on Lewis, but how about Christoph Waltz?
Hell yes on Oldman & hell yes on Lewis, but how about Christoph Waltz?
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3:29AM on 06/24/2010
would love to see lewis or oldman. oldman seems a bit more realistic tho
would love to see lewis or oldman. oldman seems a bit more realistic tho
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12:58PM on 06/24/2010
All due respect - casting oldman would be a little on the nose.
All due respect - casting oldman would be a little on the nose.
3:14AM on 06/24/2010

Meh

How could anyone like the first one. Too much CGI, no Sherlock Holmes Vibe, no real chemistry between the actors. I couldn't care less about a sequel...
How could anyone like the first one. Too much CGI, no Sherlock Holmes Vibe, no real chemistry between the actors. I couldn't care less about a sequel...
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2:56AM on 06/24/2010

Im down for...

Daniel Day Lewis.... NOT PENN
Daniel Day Lewis.... NOT PENN
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2:47AM on 06/24/2010
Brad Pitt is actually my first choice. It's already evident the magic that comes from a Ritchie/Pitt team up.
Brad Pitt is actually my first choice. It's already evident the magic that comes from a Ritchie/Pitt team up.
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2:39AM on 06/24/2010
I would pick Gary Oldman, he can do anything and we all know he does bad guy oh so well.
I would pick Gary Oldman, he can do anything and we all know he does bad guy oh so well.
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2:01AM on 06/24/2010

Pondering...

Anybody have any idea who may have voiced the line that Professor M said in the first movie? He was in a coach and we did hear a voice. I was wondering if Ritchie really had already snagged someone to play the part in #2 and that was our clue? I listened closely but couldn't identify the voice.
Anybody have any idea who may have voiced the line that Professor M said in the first movie? He was in a coach and we did hear a voice. I was wondering if Ritchie really had already snagged someone to play the part in #2 and that was our clue? I listened closely but couldn't identify the voice.
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1:06AM on 06/24/2010
Day Lewis would be gold. Nuff said.
Day Lewis would be gold. Nuff said.
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12:17AM on 06/24/2010

Some good names there

I'd be fine with anyone from that list, Brad Pitt included. Scoff all you want, but he's a great actor with the right director.

Yeah, Gary Oldman is like Michael Caine in that he'll take a paycheque for anything, but he's still a hell of an actor. I like how he makes everyone around him bring up their game.
I'd be fine with anyone from that list, Brad Pitt included. Scoff all you want, but he's a great actor with the right director.

Yeah, Gary Oldman is like Michael Caine in that he'll take a paycheque for anything, but he's still a hell of an actor. I like how he makes everyone around him bring up their game.
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12:13AM on 06/24/2010
Mostly great casting all around. I'd dig to see Brad Pitt as Moriarty just to see what he could do with it (and if they were continuing the more 'fun' approach to it) but I think Daniel Day Lewis would hammer it. Either way the first one was pretty cool, hopefully they iron out the minor issues for the sequel.
Mostly great casting all around. I'd dig to see Brad Pitt as Moriarty just to see what he could do with it (and if they were continuing the more 'fun' approach to it) but I think Daniel Day Lewis would hammer it. Either way the first one was pretty cool, hopefully they iron out the minor issues for the sequel.
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12:08AM on 06/24/2010

dig it

They all would be great, but I'd love to see Daniel Day-Lewis play the role. I'd really like to see his take on Moriarty
They all would be great, but I'd love to see Daniel Day-Lewis play the role. I'd really like to see his take on Moriarty
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11:50PM on 06/23/2010

Wow

They should shoot for fences and give Daniel Day-Lewis any amount of money he wants to play Moriarty.
They should shoot for fences and give Daniel Day-Lewis any amount of money he wants to play Moriarty.
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11:28PM on 06/23/2010
Nice list. I've yet to see the first one, though I intend on it very soon.
Nice list. I've yet to see the first one, though I intend on it very soon.
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11:24PM on 06/23/2010

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Day-Lewis would be great, but to be honest, Oldman's shtick as the go-to villain is getting a bit tiresome. (Book of Eli, anyone?) He's a talented actor who often slums for the paycheck lately. (What was with that awful horror film he did last year?)

Penn could be good but I'm not sure his style of acting these days would lend itself to the film.

I still think Brad Pitt is the best choice because I don't think he's ever played a true villain before, and I think it'd be lots of fun to see
Day-Lewis would be great, but to be honest, Oldman's shtick as the go-to villain is getting a bit tiresome. (Book of Eli, anyone?) He's a talented actor who often slums for the paycheck lately. (What was with that awful horror film he did last year?)

Penn could be good but I'm not sure his style of acting these days would lend itself to the film.

I still think Brad Pitt is the best choice because I don't think he's ever played a true villain before, and I think it'd be lots of fun to see him taking some more risky roles - not to mention his method of acting in general would definitely fit the tone of this film, and he's worked with Ritchie before (and he was probably the best part of Snatch, don't you think?).
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10:53PM on 06/23/2010
As long as this one has significantly less CGI backgrounds and bouncing boat anchors then I'm all for it.
As long as this one has significantly less CGI backgrounds and bouncing boat anchors then I'm all for it.
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11:40AM on 06/24/2010
so the -4 means you want more CGI? I don't get it..
so the -4 means you want more CGI? I don't get it..
10:53PM on 06/23/2010
That is NOT a bad list. Wow.
That is NOT a bad list. Wow.
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