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01.15.2015
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Sherlock Holmes has been an exciting character as of late and while there have been many actors to portray in the infamous detective over the years, we have Benedict Cumberbatch to thank for it's recent rise in popularity. The BBC's iteration aside, it's time for another great actor to step into the shoes, and who better than Ian McKellen? MR. HOLMES, directed by Bill Condon, will follow the 93-year old sleuth in the 1940s as he finds himself being pulled back into a case no more than 50 years old. The film is based on Mitch Cullin’s novel, "A Slight Trick of the Mind", and while we got to see what McKellen would like like playing the older Holmes last year, the first production still has hit now.

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While that production still may not be something to get too excited about, McKellen's performance surely is. This will be a fresh take on the character as well as an interesting study on the sleuth's swan song, if you will. Incidentally director Bill Condon previously worked with Benedict Cumberbatch in the thriller THE FIFTH ESTATE, so the man knows his way around great actors. Hopefully we'll get a release date soon so we can plan our sleuthing accordingly.

MR. HOLMES will be released sometime in 2015.

Source: RadioTimes

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12:26PM on 01/16/2015

Ian McKellen = awesome

He always brings his A game, even when the project isn't worthy of his talents. I think he'd make an excellent Sherlock Holmes, and very different from Benedict Cumberbatch, Robert Downey Jr., or Jonny Lee Miller.
He always brings his A game, even when the project isn't worthy of his talents. I think he'd make an excellent Sherlock Holmes, and very different from Benedict Cumberbatch, Robert Downey Jr., or Jonny Lee Miller.
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5:59AM on 01/17/2015
You should check out Sir Ian in a sit-com called Vicious. Him and Derek Jacobi were awesome!
You should check out Sir Ian in a sit-com called Vicious. Him and Derek Jacobi were awesome!
10:04AM on 01/16/2015

very cool

love the sound of this, a legendary actor for a legendary character and its about time we got a good homes movie, its been far too long.
love the sound of this, a legendary actor for a legendary character and its about time we got a good homes movie, its been far too long.
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8:40PM on 01/15/2015
Sir Ian to the kid - "Why, son, I'm not Gandalf. I'm Sherlock Bloody Holmes!!"
Sir Ian to the kid - "Why, son, I'm not Gandalf. I'm Sherlock Bloody Holmes!!"
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3:33PM on 01/15/2015
Sir Ian's Oscar?
Sir Ian's Oscar?
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12:50PM on 01/15/2015
The book is a phenomenal exploration of Holmes in his last years, and Ian Mckellan is a inspired choice to play him. However, while we've only seen a very little from this film they've already made a couple changes I don't like.

One, the title. "A Slight Trick of the Mind" is a fantastic title. Not only is it something Conan Doyle himself might have named a story, it works very well with the substance of the book. "Mr. Holmes" is meh.

Two, he's only playing the part with one cane. In the
The book is a phenomenal exploration of Holmes in his last years, and Ian Mckellan is a inspired choice to play him. However, while we've only seen a very little from this film they've already made a couple changes I don't like.

One, the title. "A Slight Trick of the Mind" is a fantastic title. Not only is it something Conan Doyle himself might have named a story, it works very well with the substance of the book. "Mr. Holmes" is meh.

Two, he's only playing the part with one cane. In the book, Holmes must use a cane in each hand for mobility. It adds a great aspect to his character, a man once known for his agility struggle to even walk on his own.

But still, my hopes are high for this.
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11:59AM on 01/15/2015

Cool Idea

To see a classic character as an old geezer. I always wanted Clint Eastwood to do something like this with Dirty Harry, and come back for one more case while he's in his twilight years
To see a classic character as an old geezer. I always wanted Clint Eastwood to do something like this with Dirty Harry, and come back for one more case while he's in his twilight years
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