Ian McKellen is next Sherlock Holmes
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Ian McKellen is next Sherlock Holmes


Ian McKellen will play an older, more tortured Sherlock Holmes in "A Slight Trick Of The Mind".

7 Sep – Oscar winner Bill Condon, who won the award for his work on "Gods And Monsters", is set to direct "A Slight Trick Of The Mind", featuring award-winning actor Sir Ian McKellen in the lead role as Sherlock Holmes.

The film tells the story of a long retired, elderly, Sherlock Holmes who is haunted by an unsolved case from 50 years ago. His sidekick Watson is no longer with him, and his failing memory only allows him to remember fragments of the case. Determined to solve the case before his death, this may be Holmes's toughest case yet.

The film is an adaptation of a novel by Mitch Cullin's seventh book "A Slight Trick Of The Mind". The screenplay is being written by Jeffrey Hatcher whose credits include "The Duchess", "Casanova" and "Stage Beauty". It is set to shoot in April 2014 in the U.K.

Producers of Oscar-winner "The King's Speech", Iain Cunning and Emile Sherman of See-Saw Films, along with Icon/AI Film CEO Aviv Giladi and Len Blavatnik, will executive produce the film.


Ian McKellen and Brendan Fraser in a scene from "Gods And Monsters".

Condon and McKellen have previously collaborated before in the drama film "Gods And Monsters". The film recounts the last days of troubled film director James Whale, a homosexual. It won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, while McKellen was nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role.

Condon is currently in Toronto for the premiere of his latest film, "The Fifth Estate", which tell the story of the rise and fall of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, played by Benedict Cumberbatch.


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