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Sir Ian McKellen To Play Sherlock Holmes

By Garth Franklin Thursday September 5th 2013 05:48AM

Sir Ian McKellen is re-teaming with his "Gods and Monsters" director Bill Condon for the retired Sherlock Holmes story "A Slight Trick of the Mind" at Al Film, See-Saw, FilmNation and BBC Films.

Set in 1947, McKellen plays a long-retired Sherlock Holmes. Holmes now lives in a sleepy Sussex village with his housekeeper and her amateur-sleuthing son.

It's not a peaceful retirement though. The famous Baker Street detective is haunted by an unsolved fifty year old case involving an angry husband and his unstable wife, a case of which he only remembers fragments.

Jeffrey Hatcher is adapting the script from the novel by Mitch Cullin. Anne Carey, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Aviv Giladi will produce. Filming begins next April in the UK.

Condon's next film is the Wikileaks drama "The Fifth Estate" which premieres tonight in Toronto ahead of a theatrical release next month.

Source: Screen Daily

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