In 2015, the role that has been made famous by so many others (such as Basil Rathbone, Jeremy Brett, and now Robert Downey, Jr.) is taking a dramatic and very different turn on the classic Sir Arthur Conan Doyle character in the upcoming 2015 film, Mr. Holmes, starring Sir Ian McKellan in the title role.
We all know how well McKellan can take a role and master it, and I have a great and suspecting feeling that playing the enigmatic and intelligent detective of Victorian England will be no different.
The film's premise is simple:
The film is set in 1947, and follows the long-retired Sherlock Holmes, now aged 93, where he lives in a remote Sussex farmhouse along with his housekeeper, Mrs. Munro and her young son, Roger. We follow Holmes as he reflects and recollects on his life through writing in his journals, whilst tending to his bees as well as dealing with the deterioration of his once incredible mind. The film, like the novel, features flashbacks and goes between time periods. We see him aged 49 still at the height of his fame and mental ability at his Baker Street consulting rooms, aged 93 in his Sussex home as well as vacations to Japan. But along witht that and his now-ailing memory, a case involving a beautiful woman that he never solved haunts him to this very day and still struggles as to why he was never able to capture the culprit.
Sounds intriguing, right? Based on the 2005 novel A Slight Trick of the Mind written by critically-acclaimed novelist Mitch Cullen.
The film, like the book, is a deep character study of Doyle's famous detective and a very detailed look at a life of solving the most heinous of crimes, most of time risking life and limb in order to catch the criminal.
Sherlock Holmes has been one of those characters that is timeless, and has been adapted time and again. From great action thrillers like Downey's Sherlock Holmes series to this little gem that takes our favorite crimestopper and makes him look like a total goof! Such is the case of Without A Clue, starring Michael Caine and Ben Kingsley:
This is a film that I absolutely CANNOT WAIT FOR! I am a die-hard Sherlock Holmes nut, and I watched Jeremy Brett's incarnation religiously growing up,and am still trying to make time to catch up on Benedict Cumberbatch's version that he did for the BBC.
Mr. Holmes opens 2015, but a release date has not been announced as of yet. But, until we know, I leave you with this snippet from McKellan on his thoughts towards the character that he will be playing while at the Museum of London: