Sir Ian McKellen to Portray Sherlock Holmes
Screen Daily reports that Sir Ian McKellen will reunite with his "Gods and Monsters" director Bill Condon to portray famed detective Sherlock Holmes in A SLIGHT TRICK OF THE MIND.
The story is described as follows:
"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."
The script will be adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher from the novel by Mitch Cullin. Production is scheduled to get underway next April in the UK.
McKellen is the recipient of six Laurence Olivier Awards, a Tony Award, a Golden Globe Award, two Academy Award nominations, four BAFTA nominations and five Emmy Award nominations. His work spans genres ranging fromShakespearean and modern theatre to popular fantasy and science fiction.
Some of his most notable film roles include Gandalf in the The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, Magneto in the X-Men films, and Sir Leigh Teabing in The Da Vinci Code.
McKellen was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1979, was knighted in 1991 for services to the performing arts, and was made a Companion of Honour for services to drama and to equality, in the 2008 New Year Honors.
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