Brad Pitt not to play Moriarty in Sherlock Holmes

Contrary to reports that Brad Pitt will play Moriarty in Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes, Warner Bros has clarified that Brad Pitt will not act in the movie.

Photo: Brad Pitt

Photo: Brad Pitt

Daily Mirror had reported that Brad Pitt was to commence filming for Sherlock Holmes at locations like the Royal Victoria Dock, Pontoon Docks, Pinewood and Chatham Docks in Kent.

Now, usmagazine.com has quoted a studio representative as saying that the Daily Mirror report 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.”

He also said that 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.”

The Daily Mirror had claimed that Guy Ritchie, who has worked with Pitt in the 2000 Snatch, had asked Pitt to join the cast.

“It’s a huge coup to have Brad joining the cast. He has worked for Guy before and said if he could, he would do anything to help out,” the paper had quoted a soure as saying.

Sherlock Holmes, that will be released in 2010, stars Robert Downey Jr. in the titular role. The movie will also star Jude Law as Dr. Watson, Rachel McAdams as Irene Adin, and Mark Strong as Lord Blackwood.

Sherlock Holmes will be based on the classic book by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle by the same name as well as the upcoming Sherlock Holmes comic book by Lionel Wigram.

Guy Ritchie, who has also scripted the movie, had said earlier that Sherlock Holmes will be a gritty, Bondesque contemporary remake in which Sherlock Holmes will be portrayed as a skilled swordsman.

The movie will be produced by Joel Silver, Lionel Wigram, Susan Downey and Dan Lin.

In other news, Brad Pitt has replaced Robert Downey Jr. in the superhero movie, Oobermind, after the former walked out of the project. Directed by Tom McGrath, Oobermind will be released in December 2010.

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