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With Sherlock Holmes 2 scheduled for a 2011 release, casting news has been coming up thick and fast. Noomi Rapace and Stephen Fry have been signed, but the news that everyone has waited for is who will play Holmes’ arch-nemesis Professor James Moriarty. London-born actor Jared Harris has been named, beating the likes of Gary Oldman, Javier Bardem and Daniel Day Lewis for the role.
Harris is best know for playing Lane Pryce in AMC’s Mad Men and has had supporting roles in Resident Evil: Apocalypse and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. This will be the first time that Harris would have a major role in a blockbuster. It shows that Warner Bros. is not taking the easy route of just casting a well known actor whether he is right for the role or not.
Moriarty’s appearance in Sherlock Holmes was shrouded with mystery; he was only shown in the shadows. Director Guy Ritchie has refused to say who the actor was that played him in the first film, but it was rumored to be Brad Pitt.
Fry is set to play Sherlock’s older brother Mycroft Holmes. Fry’s upper-class wit would be a fresh addition to the series and it should be entertaining to see him work and banter with Robert Downey Jr. Fry is a popular comedian and presenter in Britain, but the rest to world knows him for his roles in V for Vendetta and Alice in Wonderland. There is no word on who Rapace will play, but the Swedish actress has risen to prominence after playing Lisbeth Salander in the Millennium Trilogy. This will be her first English-speaking role.