Just when you think Sherlock Holmes has been adapted to death, this glorious, glorious thing happens.
Sir Ian McKellen, 74, will take on the role of Sherlock Holmes in the upcoming film A Slight Trick of the Mind - an adaptation of Mitch Cullin’s novel. It will be directed by Oscar-winning Bill Condon. Sound familiar? He’s also the director of the upcoming Cumberbatch film the Fifth Estate. Yes, that Benedict Cumberbatch. The one who plays the titular detective from BBC’s Sherlock. What a spectacularly small world this is.
The plot has been released earlier today, “In 1947, Sherlock Holmes, long retired, lives in a sleepy Sussex village with his housekeeper and her amateur-sleuthing son. But far from living out a peaceful retirement, he is haunted by an unsolved case from fifty years ago. He remembers only fragments: a confrontation with an angry husband, a secret bond with his beautiful but unstable wife.
With his legendary mental powers on the wane, and without his old sidekick Watson, Holmes is faced with the toughest case of his life – a case that might finally reveal to him the mysteries of the human heart.”
Good god, yes.
A Sherlock Holmes film without a Watson will be an absolute gut-wrenching experience for a Holmesian like me. And to have a renowned Shakespearean actor like McKellen portraying the eponymous British sleuth will be an absolute thrilling experience indeed.