As if Sherlock Holmes can’t get more popular, now Sir Ian McKellan is going to play a version of him.
Based on a novel by Mitch Cullin, A SLIGHT TRICK OF THE MIND, the screenplay is being adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher whose credits include The Duchess, Casanova and Stage Beauty.
In 1947, Sherlock Holmes, long retired, lives in a sleepy Sussex village with his housekeeper and her amateur-sleuthing son. But far from living out a peaceful retirement, he is haunted by an unsolved case from fifty years ago. He remembers only fragments: a confrontation with an angry husband, a secret bond with his beautiful but unstable wife.
With his legendary mental powers on the wane, and without his old sidekick Watson, Holmes is faced with the toughest case of his life – a case that might finally reveal to him the mysteries of the human heart.
Between BBC’s Sherlock, CBS’s Elementary, and the Guy Ritchie/Robert Downey Jr. films you’d think that we’dve had enough of Sherlock Holmes but it appears not. I’m actually pretty excited at the prospect of this. McKellan is a hell of an actor and Bill Condon is a good director so I’d say there’s a pretty good chance this could turn out great.