Actor Ian McKellen (yes, Gandalf!) has got the lead role as a long-retired Sherlock Holmes in Mr. Holmes, an upcoming crime drama movie directed by Bill Condon and based on the 2005 novel ” A Slight Trick of the Mind” by Mitch Cullin. here’s a first official picture:
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“Set in 1947, MR. HOLMES follows a long-retired Sherlock Holmes (Ian McKellen), who lives in a sleepy village outside of London with his housekeeper Mrs Munro (Laura Linney) and her amateur-sleuthing son (Milo Parker).
With his legendary mental powers on the wane and minus his sidekick Watson, Holmes becomes haunted by an unsolved case from 50 years ago where he remembers only fragments: a confrontation with an angry husband and a secret bond with his beautiful but unstable wife.”
The film, like the novel, will feature flashbacks and will go between time periods.
Besides Ian McKellen and Laura Linney, the cast also includes Hattie Morahan, Hiroyuki Sanada, Patrick Kennedy, Colin Starkey (who plays the role of Dr John Watson), Roger Allam, Milo Parker, and Philip Davis.
No official release date yet.