ByDaniel Pearson, writer at

Robert Downey Jr. and Benedict Cumberbatch were undoubtedly excellent as Britain's favorite detective Sherlock Holmes - but now they've got serious competition.

Posting to Twitter, Sir Ian Mckellen, who played Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings franchise, revealed an exclusive clip of himself and child star Milo Parker from his upcoming movie Mr. Holmes.

This is the first time we've seen an elderly Sherlock onscreen and the fact that Sir Ian is to play him will surely ramp up the excitement amongst fans even further.

The film sees the Lord of the Rings legend as the detective who, aged 93, has retired to his farmhouse with his housekeeper and her young son. The detective revisits the case that made him give up his detective work.

Watch the teaser clip for Mr. Holmes below.

Based on Mitch Cullin’s novel A Slight Trick of the Mind, the illustrious detective struggles to come to terms with aging and his diminishing mental abilities that may prevent him from solving the case that has tormented him for the last 50 years.

The film stars Laura Linney stars as Mr Holmes’ housekeeper, alongside Hattie Morahan, Patrick Kennedy, Hiroyuki Sanada, Colin Starkey, Roger Allam and Philip Davis.

Mr. Holmes premieres this weekend at the Berlin Film Festival and is expected to be released at some point later this year.

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