Jared Harris Is Moriarty In “Holmes” Sequel?

In a surprising move, distinctly voiced veteran character actor Jared Harris has apparently been offered the role of Professor Moriarty in the upcoming “Sherlock Holmes” sequel at Warner Bros. Pictures reports Latino Review (and later confirmed by Deadline).

The 49-year-old British actor, son of the legendary Richard Harris (“Harry Potter,” “Gladiator”), has seemingly beat out bigger name actors like Daniel Day Lewis, Brad Pitt and Russell Crowe who’ve all been rumoured for the villain role. Harris has acted and won various awards for his work on stage, in television and across many independent and mainstream movies over the past two decades.

His most notable roles of late have been as Lane Pryce on “Mad Men”, the first season’s main antagonist David Jones Roberts on “Fringe”, the indomitable Captain Mike in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”, and as Andy Warhol in “I Shot Andy Warhol”.

His other credits include “Igby Goes Down,” “Lost in Space”, “Resident Evil: Apocalypse,” “The Notorious Bettie Page,” “Sylvia,” “Mr. Deeds,” “Happiness,” “Fathers’ Day,” “Natural Born Killers,” “Far and Away,” “Last of the Mohicans,” “Lady in the Water,” “Extraordinary Measures,” TV’s “The Riches” and the upcoming “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”.

Guy Ritchie directs the project which also stars Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Stephen Fry and Noomi Rapace.