Richard III, Gandalf, Magneto … and now Sherlock Holmes.
Sir Ian McKellen has added Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s uncanny sleuth to his list of literary incarnations, having agreed to play Holmes in director Bill Condon’s upcoming film A Slight Trick of the Mind.
In A Slight Trick of the Mind, the 74-year-old will, obviously, play Holmes in his later years. And this version was not penned by Conan Doyle, but is instead adapted from a 2006 novel by Mitch Cullin.
The story picks up with the detective at age 93, long-ago retired to the rural area of Sussex, where he is haunted by an unresolved case from a half-century ago.
His partner, Dr. Watson, is no longer with him. And his mental acuity has bid him farewell, too. This is a Sherlock Holmes grappling with his own faded and tattered memory, whose powers of observation and deduction are not what they used to be.
It’s the first time McKellen and Condon have worked together since 1998′s Gods and Monsters, which earned McKellen a Best Actor Oscar nod for his performances as Bride of Frankenstein director James Whale, and won Condon the Best Adapted Screenplay award.
Cullin’s novel Tideland was previously adapted by director Terry Gilliam, and the script for A Slight Trick will be written by Jeffrey Hatcher (Casanova, Stage Beauty.)