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Laura Linney to Join Ian McKellen in Sherlock Holmes Film A SLIGHT TRICK OF THE MIND

Laura Linney to Join Ian McKellen in Sherlock Holmes Film A SLIGHT TRICK OF THE MIND

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Laura Linney has signed on to join Ian McKellen in Bill Condon's upcoming Sherlock Holmes film A SLIGHT TRICK OF THE MIND. 'MIND' is based on Mitch Cullin's novel, and features a script by Jeffrey Hatcher.

The film, set in 1947, follows "an aging Holmes (Ian McKellen) returns from a journey to Japan, where, in search of a rare plant with powerful restorative qualities, he has witnessed the devastation of nuclear warfare. Now, in his remote seaside Sussex farmhouse, Holmes faces the end of his days with only the company of his housekeeper (Linney) and her young son, Roger. Grappling with the diminishing powers of his mind, Holmes comes to rely upon the boy as he revisits the circumstances of the unsolved case that forced him into retirement."

'MIND' marks the fourth time Condon and Linney have worked together.

Linney's extensive stage credits on Broadway and elsewhere include Hedda Gabler (for which she won a 1994 Joe A. Callaway Award), Holiday (based on the 1938 movie starringKatharine Hepburn), and her Best Actress Tony Award-nominated 2002 role in The Crucible (where she appeared alongside future The Exorcism Of Emily Rose co-star Jennifer Carpenter). She was nominated again in 2005 for Sight Unseen.

Linney most recently wrapped showtime's hit series THE BIG C, and has scored four Emmy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards and a Screen Actors Guild Award over the course of her career.

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