Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes film starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law is in pickup shoots right now, and there was rumor that Brad Pitt had flown out there to be a part of the film. Who would he play? Pitt was rumored to be making a cameo as Holmes’ arch-nemesis Moriarty.
MTV Movies Blog broke the story by actually speaking with Guy Ritchie, who confirmed that Moriarty will indeed be in the film, but said the speculation about it being played by Pitt was simply a rumor. He said flat-out that Pitt is not “joining the cast of Sherlock Holmes.” MTV seems to think that this is a bit of coyness being deployed by Ritchie, in that during pickup shoots not all the cast is present, therefore it could be Pitt on an empty soundstage shooting a brief cameo. In order to get shed some light on the situation, I sought out the biggest Holmes fan I know: My girlfriend, Melanie.
“Hmmm, weird,” she said, “In terms of physicality, I dunno. NOT Brad Pitt, though . . . But then again,” she continued, “Downey isn’t Conan Doyle’s [description of] Holmes.”
Moriarty is usually played by an older actor (as he was in the TV series), but having him just be a cameo in a Holmes movie would be pretty accurate. Though he’s considered to be Holmes’ nemesis, a supervillain, and a mafia crime boss, he’s rarely present in any of Conan Doyle’s stories–he’s only featured in one and discussed in a few others. However, several films, TV series, and novels by other writers have given Moriarty a much bigger role than he had in the original series.
What do you think? Would Brad Pitt make a good villain in Sherlock Holmes? If he’s not Moriarty, who do you think would be a good one?