Sir Ian McKellen Scores Sherlock Holmes Role in “A Slight Trick of the Mind”

Posted Thursday September 5, 2013 9:50 AM GMT

He’s accomplished so much in his long and impressive career, and now Sir Ian McKellan will take on the role of an aging Sherlock Holmes.

According to a report, the “Lord of the Rings” actor has signed on to star in “A Slight Trick of the Mind,” directed by Bill Condon and based on the Mitch Cullin novel.

Per the synopsis, “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.”

Producer Anne Carey told press, "Mitch Cullin's elegiac novel is not so much about solving a mystery, as it is about accepting life's mysteries. I could not be more excited about the talent who have come together to make this film a reality."

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