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Gandalf will play Sherlock Holmes for director Bill Condon in A Slight Trick of the Mind

09.05.2013

Vulture has news that Sir Ian McKellen is set to star as Sherlock Holmes in an adaptation of A Slight Trick of the Mind, a novel by author Mitch Cullin. The film will be directed by Bill Condon, who previously worked with McKellen on GODS AND MONSTERS. There are already plenty of recent movies and television series with the iconic detective, but the novel sounds quite interesting and would be a different take than what we are use to for the character. And I'm not talking about Guy Ritchie different either.

From Amazon:

It is 1947, and the long-retired Sherlock Holmes, now 93, lives in a remote Sussex farmhouse with his housekeeper and her young son. He tends to his bees, writes in his journal, and grapples with the diminishing powers of his mind. But in the twilight of his life, as people continue to look to him for answers, Holmes revisits a case that may provide him with answers of his own to questions he didn’t even know he was asking–about life, about love, and about the limits of the mind’s ability to know.

I haven't read the book, but I certainly want to now and I'm definitely interested in the film with Ian McKellen as Holmes. No news on when we might see A SLIGHT TRICK OF THE HAND, but filming will probably start sometime after Bill Condon finishes the media tours for his latest film THE FIFTH ESTATE, which hits theaters on October 18th, 2013.

Extra Tidbit: Would "Kurt Dussander will play Sherlock Holmes" have been a better headline?
Source: Vulture

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