Lord of the Rings and X-Men star Sir Ian McKellen will play a retired Sherlock Holmes in a new film being developed by director Bill Condon called A Slight Trick of the Mind. The film is based on a novel of the same name that was written by Mitch Cullin, and there's no doubt that McKellen is going to make for an awesome Holmes! The screenplay is being adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher, and here is a description of the story:
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 movie is set to start shooting next April in the UK. It sounds like it will make for a great movie! This is the second time that Condon and McKellen have worked together, as they also worked on a film called Gods and Monsters.
Via: Screen Daily