Are you sick of watching Sherlock Holmes ? Too many films/series/actors ? No ? Good, because we have some news for you. The next actor to take on the illustrious role is none other than Sir Ian Mckellen.
The film has been renamed "Mr Holmes" (previously entitled "A Slight Trick of the Mind") and will feature McKellen as Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous private detective aged 93. Based on the novel 'A Slight Trick of the Mind' by Mitch Cullin, the film will see the pair reunited after filming 'Gods and Monsters' together in 1998.
Directed by Bill Condon, Mr Holmes has been adapted for the screen by Jeffrey Hatcher, whose credits include The Duchess, Casanova and Stage Beauty. The plot features an ageing Sherlock Holmes returning from Japan, where, in search of a rare plant with powerful restorative qualities, he has witnessed the devastation of nuclear warfare. In a new and refreshing twist on the classic retellings of Holmes, the story will centre upon his battle with the diminishing powers of his mind, forcing himself to rely upon his housekeeper and her young son, Roger.
“Sherlock Holmes at 93 is retired, still solving mysteries: but here’s the sting - he also keeps bees. So many splendid actors have already played the part but none of them had Bill Condon directing. I’m the lucky one: and I’m excited.” - McKellen
New additions to the cast include Hattie Morahan (The Golden Compass), Patrick Kennedy (War Horse), Hiroyuki Sanada (The Wolverine), Roger Allam (Tamara Drewe), Phil Davis (Vera Drake), Frances de la Tour (The History Boys) and Milo Parker (Ghosthunters: On Icy Trails) who plays Mrs Munro’s son.
The film is estimated to hit theatres in 2015.