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Laura Linney joins Ian McKellen in Bill Condon's Sherlock Holmes movie

05.07.2014

Bill Condon is pulling another actor from a previous award winning project of his for the Sherlock Holmes film A SLIGHT TRICK OF THE MIND. Ian McKellen was already locked in to play an aged Sherlock in the adaptation of Mitch Cullin's novel. Now Laura Linney is joining the cast in a major role. McKellen previously worked with Condon on the great film GODS AND MONSTERS where he played FRANKENSTEIN director James Whale. Linney worked with Condon on the Liam Neeson flick KINSEY as well as last year's THE FIFTH ESTATE.

A SLIGHT TRICK OF THE MIND will take Holmes fans to a different place than the current series ELEMENTARY and SHERLOCK as it will focus on a much older Holmes without Watson.

Centering on the later years in the fictional Holmes’ life, when he retired to Sussex to keep bees, as Doyle’s stories suggested. Mrs. Munro (Linney) serves as something of a caretaker, albeit one with a young son Holmes takes a parental interest in. The story focuses on Holmes grappling with old age and dementia, while remaining obsessed with one unsolved case. It will toggle between decades, depicting Holmes both at age 91 and 63, when he’s working on his final case.

I love the character of Sherlock Holmes and I think Ian McKellen is perfectly cast. Linney is a great actress and this should be a very intriguing alternative to Guy Ritchie's insane SHERLOCK HOLMES as well as a very stark contrast to the two television series on the air. Condon may have burned some bridges with fans after directing TWILIGHT: BREAKING DAWN, but he still has proven he has the chops to handle strong dramatic material. Hopefully this movie comes sooner rather than later.

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10:26AM on 05/08/2014
Hmmm.......I like it!!!!!!! I wonder who will play Watson.
Hmmm.......I like it!!!!!!! I wonder who will play Watson.
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11:56PM on 05/08/2014
"it will focus on a much older Holmes without Watson."
"it will focus on a much older Holmes without Watson."
10:07AM on 05/08/2014

niiice

NOW, let's just have, at the end of this film, a surprise appearance by Patrick Stewart as an aged Watson, please...
NOW, let's just have, at the end of this film, a surprise appearance by Patrick Stewart as an aged Watson, please...
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9:34PM on 05/07/2014
For Gods and Monsters and Kinsey, Bill Condon will always have my faith, and this sounds like a terrific idea for a movie.
For Gods and Monsters and Kinsey, Bill Condon will always have my faith, and this sounds like a terrific idea for a movie.
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5:58PM on 05/07/2014
Gandolf, Magneto, and now Sherlock Homes. That's some pretty diverse characters right there. But like BatSTUD said below, this sounds awesome and McKellen will do a great job.

Now I wish Guy Ritchie would get off his ass and finally give us one more Sherlock film with Downey Jr and Law and close out the trilogy.
Gandolf, Magneto, and now Sherlock Homes. That's some pretty diverse characters right there. But like BatSTUD said below, this sounds awesome and McKellen will do a great job.

Now I wish Guy Ritchie would get off his ass and finally give us one more Sherlock film with Downey Jr and Law and close out the trilogy.
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4:41PM on 05/07/2014
This sounds excellent.
This sounds excellent.
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3:56PM on 05/07/2014
Sherlock Holmes is one of my favorite characters of all time. Jeremy Brett was BRILLIANT as Holmes, and Cumberbatch is EXCELLENT as a modern day Holmes. So I guess we need an older Holmes too and I think Ian will be amazing in the role - looking forward to this.
PS - Elementary kind of sucks.
Sherlock Holmes is one of my favorite characters of all time. Jeremy Brett was BRILLIANT as Holmes, and Cumberbatch is EXCELLENT as a modern day Holmes. So I guess we need an older Holmes too and I think Ian will be amazing in the role - looking forward to this.
PS - Elementary kind of sucks.
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7:44PM on 05/07/2014
You are a kind soul j-man, because Elementary more than "kind of " sucks.
You are a kind soul j-man, because Elementary more than "kind of " sucks.
3:33PM on 05/07/2014
"an aged Sherlock"

This 'Sherlock' nonsense has got to stop. Nobody calls him Sherlock, it's Holmes. It's always Holmes.
"an aged Sherlock"

This 'Sherlock' nonsense has got to stop. Nobody calls him Sherlock, it's Holmes. It's always Holmes.
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6:02PM on 05/07/2014
Correct, Holmes!
Correct, Holmes!
3:23PM on 05/07/2014
That Sherlock Holmes is so hot right now.
That Sherlock Holmes is so hot right now.
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