Harris' casting comes as a surprising relief, as Deal Central feared that Warner Bros. was aiming to land a bigger star who would've been the wrong fit for the film.
Oddly enough, Harris has shared the screen with both of those actors. He had a minor role in Day-Lewis' "The Last of the Mohicans," and has joined Pitt in "Oceans Twelve" and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," in which he played Capt. Mike.
While Harris may not be as well knows as his A-list counterparts, it's refreshing to see that the best actor for the job actually earned the gig.
I'm still catching up with the first season of AMC's "Mad Men," but I happened to see this week's episode and I realized that I'd completely forgotten that Harris had joined the cast. I watched the scene where Harris' Lane Pryce gets cane-smacked twice, and found myself wondering why we don't see more of him on the big screen. Kudos to Warner Bros. then for solving this problem.
Harris famously played Andy Warhol in Mary Harron's acclaimed 1996 indie "I Shot Andy Warhol." He recently co-starred in "Extraordinary Measures" and will soon be seen in John Carpenter's "The Ward." The English actor is currently preparing to shoot Tomas Alfredson's "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" alongside Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy and "Sherlock Holmes" villain Mark Strong.
WB is set to release "Sherlock Holmes 2" on Dec. 16, 2011. Production is scheduled to begin later this fall.
Harris is the son of actor Richard Harris, and he is represented by Paradigm and Gateway Management Partners.
Harris' casting was first reported by Latino Review.