First Clip from Ian McKellen’s Mr. Holmes

Mr. HolmesWell, this is delightful. Ian McKellen has shared a first clip of himself as elderly, retired Sherlock Holmes in upcoming movie Mr. Holmes, based on novel A Slight Trick of the Mind by Mitch Cullin. It also features Milo Parker as Roger, Holmes’s housekeeper’s son. McKellen also shared the teaser poster. The movie premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival yesterday. No word on a general release date, but I’ll keep you posted.

Ian McKellen to Play Sherlock Holmes

Ian McKellenVariety reports that legendary British actor Ian McKellen (The Lord of the Rings, X-Men) is set to play the great detective in an adaptation of Mitch Cullin’s novel A Slight Trick of the Mind:

“[The story] is set in 1947 and follows a long-retired Holmes who lives in a sleepy village outside of London with his housekeeper and her amateur-sleuthing son.

With his legendary mental powers on the wane and minus his sidekick Watson, Holmes becomes haunted by an unsolved case from 50 years ago where he remembers only fragments: a confrontation with an angry husband and a secret bond with his beautiful but unstable wife.”

Jeffrey Hatcher (The Duchess) is adapting the novel, and the movie will be directed by Bill Condon, who just directed Holmes portrayer Benedict Cumberbatch in The Fifth Estate.

While I of course wish any “retired Holmes” movie were based on the Mary Russell books, I’m excited to see McKellen in the role! Has anyone read this book? Did you like it?