After ‘Sherlock Holmes’ managed to uncover more than $65 million in its opening weekend, ‘Sherlock Holmes 2′ is being planned with Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law already committed. But the big surprise will be the addition of Brad Pitt as Professor Moriarty.
“The director, Guy Ritchie, loves Brad,” an industry source tells me. “He has worked with him before and thinks he is one of the most underrated actors working today. Guy knows that everyone thinks of as a Pitt as a pretty boy and can’t wait to turn him into the world’s greatest supervillain. It will definitely make the sequel a must-see.”
Pitt and Ritchie worked together on 2000’s ‘Snatch,’ (loved that movie!) in which Pitt played a mumbling, can’t-understand-a-word-he-says Irish gypsy fighter. He definitely wasn’t a ‘pretty boy’ in it, and hopefully that’s exactly what Ritchie can pull out of him again.
As for Brad, an insider tells me he’s “very interested in taking on the role and happy they aren’t considering his kick-ass partner Angelina for the part.”