Abbie Bethel Staff Writer
Lord of the Rings actor Sir Ian McKellen is set to take on the infamous Sherlock Holmes in a film directed by Bill Condon (Breaking Dawn, Fifth Estate).
Taking place in 1947, McKellen will take on the role of a retired Mr. Holmes, who is now happily settled, living with his housekeeper and her son in a Sussex village.
Entitled A Slight Trick of the Mind, Holmes is haunted by an unsolved case going back almost 50 years. Only remembering fragments of information: a confrontation with an angry husband and a secret bond with his wife, Holmes cannot put the case to rest and is determined to solve one last mystery.
The upcoming project, which is set to begin filming in the UK next April, is an adaption from the novel of the same name, written by Mitch Cullin. The adapted screenplay has been taken on by Jeffrey Hatcher.
This will be the second time (Bill) Condon will be collaborating with McKellen, after they worked together on the Academy Award nominated film, Gods and Monsters, which earned Oscars for Best Adapted Screenplay and earned McKellen a Best Actor nod.
BBC Films will be co-financing alongside Icon, See-Saw, FilmNation and Anne Carey. Speaking to Screen Daily Anne Carey said, “Mitch Cullin’s elegiac novel is not so much about solving a mystery, as it is about accepting life’s mysteries. I could not be more excited about the talent who have come together to make this film a reality.”
With filming only just scheduled, it’s unclear when the release date for the film will be.