WB Readying a Sherlock Holmes Sequel with Brad Pitt as Moriarty Just in Case

Never one to sit on their well-manicured buttocks, the wonderfully insightful suits over at Warner Bros. have already assigned writers Kieran and Michele Mulroney to start coming up with ideas for a sequel to Guy Ritchie’s “Sherlock Holmes”, which isn’t set to be released to the masses for another three months. But just in case the Sherlock Holmes movie does make a huge splash, Warner Bros. hopes to have the sequel real to go into production lickity split. And oh yeah, the villain of the sequel will undoubtedly be Holmes’ greatest nemesis, Moriarty, with none other than Brad Pitt in discussions for the role.

Of course, talk of Pitt as Moriarty has been around since the film was shooting, and it’s always been known that Holmes’ nemesis would eventually take center stage in the sequel. (Mark Strong’s Lord Blackwood is the villain in the first one.) Rumor has Pitt already appearing in the first movie, though according to The Hollywood Reporter, that isn’t the case. Moriarty will appear, in a sense, in the first movie, though he will be kept in the shadows and never fully revealed, thus allowing the studio to seamlessly insert in whichever actor does end up playing the character.

The first “Sherlock Holmes”, directed by Guy Ritchie, stars Robert Downey Jr. as the world’s greatest Detective, Jude Law as his assistant Watson, and Rachel McAdams as his elusive love interest, Irene Adler. Word is, all three will be back for the sequel, if one were to happen.

The problem solving begins December 25, 2009.

Hey, did you hear? Brad Pitt might be in the sequel.

Hey, did you hear? Brad Pitt might be in the sequel.