Awesome: Sir Ian McKellan To Play Retired Sherlock Holmes

Sir Ian McKellan

As if Sherlock Holmes can’t get more popular, now Sir Ian McKellan is going to play a version of him.

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> 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.