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Because He Loves Us and Wants Us to Be Happy, Sir Ian McKellen Will Play Sherlock Holmes

By Vivian Kane | Trade News | September 3, 2014 | Comments ()

By Vivian Kane | Trade News | September 3, 2014 |


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If you love the character of Sherlock Holmes but Benedict Cumberbatch (or Robert Downey Jr) is just too young and sexy for you to handle, good news! We have an older, but still sexy, Sherlock coming our way. Ian McKellen will play the title role in a new movie called Mr. Holmes, based on the Mitch Cullin novel A Slight Trick of the Mind. The whole team behind this is impressive enough to get our hopes way up. It will be directed by Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters), and adapted by the playwright Jeffrey Hatcher (Stage Beauty).


The story finds Holmes back from Japan, where he has witnessed the devastation of the atomic bomb. Living in a remote seaside farmhouse, he spends his last days tending bees with only his housekeeper (Linney) and her young son for company. Holmes comes to rely upon the boy as he revisits an unsolved case that forced him into retirement. He also searches for answers to the mysteries of life and love.

That description could have stopped after “tending bees” and I would still watch this movie 100 times. Throw in Laura Linney and McKellen bonding with a presumably adorable child, and it’s like cinematic Christmas. Now the only question is who will play Watson to McKellen’s Holmes?

Just kidding. There’s only one option.

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Via The Wrap.


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