Ian McKellen to Play Sherlock Holmes

Ian McKellen

Ian McKellen to Play Sherlock Holmes in ‘A Slight Trick of the Mind’

Veteran actor Sir Ian McKellen is taking on another iconic character from literature. He already played Gandalf and Magneto in the blockbuster franchises Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit and X-Men.

Now ScreenDaily reports McKellen will play Sherlock Holmes in A Slight Trick of the Mind, based on Mitch Cullin’s novel of the same name. 

Bill Condon is directing the film, and while you might think McKellen is too old to play Holmes, the story is actually set in 1947, following a long-retired Holmes living in a Sussex village with his housekeeper and rising detective son. But then he finds himself haunted by an unsolved 50-year old case.

Holmes memory isn’t what it used to be, so he only remembers fragments of the case: a confrontation with an angry husband, a secret bond with his beautiful but unstable wife. Icon, See-Saw, FilmNation and BBC Films are behind the project along with Anne Carey, who says, “Mitch Cullin’s elegiac novel is not so much about solving a mystery, as it is about accepting life’s mysteries.

Carey added, “I could not be more excited about the talent who have come together to make this film a reality.” The last time Condon and McKellen worked together, the result was Gods and Monsters, which garnered a win for the screenplay and also a nomination for McKellen.

It won’t be anything like what we have seen so far from Guy Ritchie’s Version of Sherlock Holmes and BBC’s Benedict Cumberbatch Blockbuster SHERLOCK which is entering in the radar for it’s third season.