Guy Ritchie is still finishing up his rewrites on Sherlock Holmes 2, a film that Warner Bros. has already given a (rapidly approaching) release date of December 16, 2011. But even though the new script is not done, he’s been thinking about who he’d like to take over as the villain Moriarty. Just as it was in the first film — it doesn’t appear to be Brad Pitt.
Super Hero Hype has word that not only will Sherlock Holmes 2 feature Moriarty as the film’s big bad, but it will also feature a big bad actor. Again, not Brad Pitt. Ritchie is hoping that he can get Daniel Day-Lewis to take on the role. SHH is calling it an unconfirmed rumor, but it’s one hell of a thought. Day-Lewis is an actor with stratospheric talents, one that can certainly play a calculated, menacing character. Think There Will Be Blood.
Other candidates include Sean Penn, Javier Bardem and Gary Oldman. And that’s where this unconfirmed rumor gets a little wild. Then again, that’s one hell of a wish list. All of these men could bring terror down upon Holmes and Watson, and match wits with Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law beat for beat. Of course, I would certainly favor Day-Lewis, as we’ve seen evil from him in a way that none of the other three are yet to match. And Moriarty can be played to be an evil son of a bitch.
As I mentioned at the top, Ritchie is still polishing his script, so decisions aren’t yet ready to be made. But we’ve got a feeling along with our friends at Super Hero Hype that things should begin to progress soon. That December 2011 release date is fast approaching.
Which of these guys would you like to see play Moriarty?