First Look at Ian McKellen as Sherlock in ‘Mr. Holmes’
Sir Ian McKellen has Tweeted the first image of him as the great detective Sherlock Holmes in his upcoming film titled Mr. Holmes.
Sir Ian McKellen may only be 75, but he’s set to play a 93-year-old Sherlock Holmes in director Bill Condon’s Mr. Holmes.
— Ian McKellen (@IanMcKellen) January 15, 2015
Mr Holmes is based on Mitch Cullin’s 2006 novel A Slight Trick Of The Mind and adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher (The Duchess). The book takes place in 1947 when Holmes is 93, long retired to Sussex and his bees and frustrated by his diminishing power of recollection. He believes his bees’ royal jelly is part of the secret of his longevity, and his further researches into the subject have recently taken him to post-war Japan. There he encounters the son of a former British diplomat who knew Holmes and disappeared at the start of the war. Holmes doesn’t remember, but feels the familiar pull of an unfinished case.
The film is directed by Bill Condon, who has described it as
“a really great mystery about who Sherlock Holmes is, but it’s also a lovely, delicate movie about what happens as you get older.”
Mr Holmes will have its first screening at the Berlin Film Festival in February.