"Brad Pitt in the New Sherlock Holmes Movie?
According to The Daily Mirror Brad Pitt has signed on to play Moriarty in Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes.
Pitt was approached for the role after the studio saw a rough cut of the film and decided Holmes infamous nemesis should have a bigger role (originally he was only mentioned in conversation).
The paper claims that Pitt’s scenes will be shot over a ten-day period, in and around London.
While the UK tabloid press are well known as ‘a bullsh*t factory’, it seems likely that this time there is some truth to their story. We’ll try to get confirmation, and update as and when we do."
Okay, taking deep breaths…(in pink, out blue)…all I can say is WTF?!? "Sherlock Holmes" is due to be released here in the US on December 25, 2009. That’s a little over four months from now. IF this is true, it does not inspire a lot of confidence in the film that’s supposedly almost through the post-production process.
I have nothing against Brad Pitt per se. In fact, in my opinion, he did his best work for Guy Ritchie in 2000’s "Snatch." (I’ll let you know if that has changed after I see IB on Friday.) But unless these scenes of Moriarty are little more than a glorified cameo, I don’t understand why they want to shove them into an already completed film. Why not save Moriarty for a sequel? From what I’ve read and seen (of the trailers) this film already has a deliciously dastardly villain in the form of Mark Strong‘s Blackwood.
I suppose I should wait to find out if this is true or not before I go off on a rant, but where’s the fun in that?
edit: Well that didn’t take long, did it?
A rep from Warner Bros. has declared there is no truth to the above rumor!
"The report in today’s London Mirror is completely inaccurate. Brad Pitt is not joining the cast of Sherlock Holmes and we’re extremely pleased with the production of the film. As planned, it will be released on Christmas Day, 2009. In order to complete the movie, we’ve scheduled a few days on set to shoot a couple of additional scenes, obtain pick-up shots, and perfect some of the visual effects elements, all of which is standard filmmaking practice."