Writer/director Guy Ritchie is hard at work on the screenplay for the follow-up to the very successful Sherlock Holmes, and there are some big names on his wishlist. Early rumors indicate that the Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels helmer wants Oscar-winner Daniel Day-Lewis to take the role of Moriarty, who appeared in the first film, but only as a silhouette.
Moriarty is the arch-nemesis of the Sherlock Holmes character, and while Moriarty was only fleetingly present in the first film, it seems clear that he will be a major villain, if not the central villain, in the sequel. Of course, Day-Lewis rarely appears in mainstream commercial films, and previously took a five-year hiatus from acting between 1997 and 2002 based on his disinterest in the roles he was being offered. However, Ritchie has other names on his list, including Sean Penn, Javier Bardem, and Gary Oldman.
None of these names belong to Brad Pitt, who worked with Ritchie on Snatch and was previously rumored to have shot a few scenes for the first film that never materialized. In any case, more will be known soon, as Ritchie finishes the script in order to meet the sequel's December 16th, 2011 release date. Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law are already locked in to reprise their roles.