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Sherlock Holmes 2 Plot Centers On Moriarty, ‘The World’s First Supervillain’

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<i>Sherlock Holmes 2</i> Plot Centers On Moriarty, ‘The World’s First Supervillain’

A lot of new information coming in on the Sherlock Holmes 2 front this morning, folks. The Los Angeles Times recently visited the England set of the Sherlock sequel and spoke with numerous cast and crew members involved with the project, but it’s what they observed with their own eyes that’s the most interesting to us. Eric Pape writes of a scene he observed in November:

On a frigid November morning, as steam rises from train engines burning fiery coal in a century-old rail depot, Sherlock Holmes is in trouble. Blood on the side of his face, he’s fleeing the staccato rat-tat-tat of 19th century gunfire. Fortunately, his loyal friend Dr. Watson is at his side, as is a rifle-toting gypsy. Outside the depot, Watson and Holmes fumble with their guns to get a bead on their assailants, but the gypsy woman, Sim, beats them to it. She confidently cocks her rifle. Boom! A man falls dead. On beat, Watson and Holmes look at each other with surprise.

So, we’ve got a name for Noomi Rapace’s gun-toting gypsy woman — Sim. What else do we got?

Set in 1891 — a year after the last film’s events — the sequel shows Holmes continuing his pursuit of Professor Moriarty (played by Jared Harris), who, if the investigator’s instincts are correct, might be the world’s first supervillain. Watson, meanwhile, is still trying to be a good partner to his love, Mary Morstan (Kelly Reilly), while keeping Sherlock alive.

Sounds like the movie is following the line set forth by the first Holmes pretty directly, even if there’s a time gap. Also, nice to see confirmation that Jared Harris is playing Moriarty, an inspired casting choice to be sure. So now that we know a little bit more about the type of action we’re seeing and the shape of the plot, how about some information on the evolving dynamic between Holmes and Watson?

“Unlike last time, where Holmes kept getting Watson into trouble,” says Downey, “this time Watson is getting Holmes out of trouble, and they’re both in deeper trouble than I think the audience could have imagined we could go…. All manner of nastiness has just occurred.”

Check out the full report for more.

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