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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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4:23PM on 09/05/2013

Do we really need another iteration of Mr. Holmes?

the BBC show, the American show, the Downey/Law movies - really do we need anymore Holmes? I think not!
the BBC show, the American show, the Downey/Law movies - really do we need anymore Holmes? I think not!
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3:27PM on 09/05/2013
Nice ! Hope his cancer treatment has been successful.
Nice ! Hope his cancer treatment has been successful.
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2:20PM on 09/05/2013
Get Christopher Lee to play a 100-year old Mycroft.
Get Christopher Lee to play a 100-year old Mycroft.
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8:03AM on 09/06/2013
Oh yeah !
With Patrick Stewart as Watson
And Derek Jacobi as the villain (or, even better, as Moriarty... Haven't read the book, so I don't know if he's in it)... That would be a fun wink to their 'Vicious' sitcom...
Oh yeah !
With Patrick Stewart as Watson
And Derek Jacobi as the villain (or, even better, as Moriarty... Haven't read the book, so I don't know if he's in it)... That would be a fun wink to their 'Vicious' sitcom...
12:13PM on 09/05/2013

Really?

Yeah, I guess I'll be that guy who complains about the title of the article. Why not just say "Ian McKellen Will Play Sherlock Holmes..." etc.? He's had a few other roles than Gandalf, ya know? Kinda well-known already? The name choice makes no sense to me -- so much so that I actually thought for a second this was some parody video of a guy playing Gandalf playing Sherlock Holmes... Why you have me so confused? K-done-bye.
Yeah, I guess I'll be that guy who complains about the title of the article. Why not just say "Ian McKellen Will Play Sherlock Holmes..." etc.? He's had a few other roles than Gandalf, ya know? Kinda well-known already? The name choice makes no sense to me -- so much so that I actually thought for a second this was some parody video of a guy playing Gandalf playing Sherlock Holmes... Why you have me so confused? K-done-bye.
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1:43PM on 09/05/2013
I agree. Ian McKellen has a long and honourable filmography; you could have easily said "Richard III Will Play Sherlock Holmes" or "Magneto Will Play Sherlock Holmes." I'm not mad, I just think this is a case of getting overly cute.
I agree. Ian McKellen has a long and honourable filmography; you could have easily said "Richard III Will Play Sherlock Holmes" or "Magneto Will Play Sherlock Holmes." I'm not mad, I just think this is a case of getting overly cute.
11:23AM on 09/05/2013
The premise sounds a little like those flash-forwards in The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, with an eye-patch wearing Indy in his 90s recounting his experiences as a kid.
The premise sounds a little like those flash-forwards in The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, with an eye-patch wearing Indy in his 90s recounting his experiences as a kid.
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10:56AM on 09/05/2013

Might be good but...

I thought they were going to do continue the Guy Ritchie/Robert Downey Jr. series(I don't care I like them). I mean Ian McKellan might be okay but why are they redoing Holmes again. Whatever.
I thought they were going to do continue the Guy Ritchie/Robert Downey Jr. series(I don't care I like them). I mean Ian McKellan might be okay but why are they redoing Holmes again. Whatever.
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10:48AM on 09/05/2013

My Favorite Alternative Take on Holmes is...

... Without A Clue starring Michael Caine and Ben Kingsley. It reverses the roles played by Holmes and Watson; Watson solves the cases yet Holmes gets all the credit. It's not a perfect film but it is funny as Hell.
... Without A Clue starring Michael Caine and Ben Kingsley. It reverses the roles played by Holmes and Watson; Watson solves the cases yet Holmes gets all the credit. It's not a perfect film but it is funny as Hell.
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11:06AM on 09/05/2013
I remember back when I still rented on VHS. I accidentally rented that movie because it was in the wrong case. Can't say I regretted it though. I'm a big fan of both those actors. Watching Michael Caine make an ass of himself is always fun to watch.
I remember back when I still rented on VHS. I accidentally rented that movie because it was in the wrong case. Can't say I regretted it though. I'm a big fan of both those actors. Watching Michael Caine make an ass of himself is always fun to watch.
8:05AM on 09/06/2013
I love this movie too...
Almost as much as Young Sherlock Holmes...
I love this movie too...
Almost as much as Young Sherlock Holmes...
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