Ian McKellen is a Really Old Sherlock Holmes in the First Clip for Mr. Holmes

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Ian McKellen is a Really Old Sherlock Holmes in the First Clip for Mr. Holmes

Created by Scottish author Arthur Conan Doyle in 1887, Sherlock Holmes was a hyper-gifted detective who resided at Baker Street and solved tantalising cases with the help of one Dr. Watson. But of course you know this already because the character has been played by Robert Downey Jr, Benedict Cumerbatch and Johnny Lee Miller on various size screens in just the last 5 years.

In fact, Holmes has been played by more than 70 actors since his first silent film appearance way back in 1900, and that doesn't include the innumerable stage iterations. He's a popular sort, and for good reason, but that doesn't mean there isn't room for a new take on the character and Mr. Holmes is definitely that.

Based on the 2005 book A Slight Trick of the Mind by Mitch Cullin, the story sees a 93 year old Holmes retired and keeping bees in Sussex (as suggested by one of Conan Doyle's later stories). There he keeps mostly to himself and his, increasingly tattered, memories, spending time with a young boy and giving us some flashbacks to cases that continue to trouble him.

And Mr. Holmes is played by the ever wonderful Ian McKellen, so its definitely going to be worth a look. Speaking of which, here's the first clip from the film.

That's a lot of makeup, and he's a lot more spry than any 90+ year old I know but McKellen is great for the part, and we'll also get to see him in flashbacks as the much more agile 49 year old version of Holmes, back in Baker Street and solving up a storm. Which is kind of impressive as Ian McKellen is 75!

The film is directed by Oscar winner Bill Condon, who won the award for scripting1998's Gods and Monsters - which also starred McKellen.

Mr. Holmes is set for release in 2015.



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