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'Elementary': Who should play Moriarty in the CBS drama?

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It's a matter of debate whether Jonny Lee Miller's US take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's hero Sherlock Holmes, the CBS drama Elementary, is a suitable topic of discussion for the Week in Geek - it's just a crime procedural, we hear you cry!

But there's few things geekier than indulging in a bit of fantasy casting and with Elementary creator Rob Doherty all but confirming that we'll be meeting Sherlock's arch-nemesis Moriarty in the near future, we've decided to partake in a little wild speculation...

You can check out the Week in Geek's top picks for the role of the iconic villain below and be sure to let us know who you'd cast as ol' Jim in the comments section!

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The Big-Screen Baddie - Jared Harris
Actor Jared Harris, from the upcoming film "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows", poses for a portrait.

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Brit actor Harris is a stalwart of US television, having played the unfortunate Lane Pryce on AMC's Mad Men for three years and also unleashing a spectacularly chilling turn as creepy David Robert Jones on Fox's cult sci-fi drama Fringe.

Of course, he also played Moriarty in Robert Downey Jr's 2011 film effort Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows - how much fun would it be to see Harris reprise the role in a contemporary context, pitched against Miller's Sherlock?

The Cult Icon - Alan Dale
Alan Dale

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From Lost to 24 to Torchwood to Once Upon a Time - Alan Dale has appeared in practically every cult show going... and he's died of a heart attack on most of them.

He's often cast as shadowy criminal masterminds and / or scientists, so we reckon the role of a modern-day Moriarty would fit him like a particularly sinister glove...

The Mirror Image - Hugh Laurie
Hugh Laurie on the red carpet at the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards

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Professor Moriarty is often considered to represent the dark side of Sherlock, and with many critics drawing comparisons between Miller's energetic Holmes and the grouchy Greg House - a character loosely based on Conan Doyle's 'tec in the first place - why not employ Hugh Laurie to play the 21st century's "Napoleon of Crime"?

His former House co-star Lisa Edelstein even popped up in a recent Elementary episode, so it seems like this particular piece of villainous casting might be written in the stars...

The Left-Field Choice - Ty Burrell
Ty Burrell

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He may be best known now as Phil Dunphy on ABC's mega-hit comedy Modern Family but Ty Burrell has plenty of dramatic credits to his name, including roles in 2001 war film Black Hawk Down and Zack Snyder's 2004 Dawn of the Dead remake.

We think this award-winning star has the acting chops and quirky appeal to make for a wonderfully odd yet sinister Moriarty - a few bouts with Miller's Holmes could be enough to temporarily erase loveable Phil from our memories!

The Villainess - Glenn Close
Glenn Close

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Let's not forget that Elementary took a bold step when finding a star to play Watson, casting Lucy Liu in a traditionally male role. So who's to say that the show won't replicate that move for James (Jane?) Moriarty?

If you've ever watched engrossing legal drama Damages - or for that matter Disney's live-action 101 Dalmatians - you'll know that Glenn Close has the goods to deliver a truly memorable on-screen villain. If Elementary could hook in the Emmy-winning actress, we'd sure as hell watch!

Who would you cast as Elementary's Moriarty? Share your own picks below!

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