Mark Strong Talks “Sherlock” Villain

It seems as if Sherlock Holmes’ arch-nemesis Moriarty does appear in Guy Ritchie’s new feature film take on the character – but not in person.

“You don’t really see him. I think he’s there because if the franchise carries on, there’s a possibility that he will appear in a larger guise” British thesp Mark Strong told IGN UK.

Shades of Blofeld from the Connery-led 007 films? Strong himself plays the film’s antagonist Lord Blackwood who’s “a cultist/Satanist lord who is the ultimate cad.”

Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law play Holmes and Watson in the Warner Bros. Pictures production scheduled to open November 20th 2009.