First look at Ian McKellen as Sherlock Holmes

Ian McKellen has tweeted the first image of himself as Sherlock Holmes from the upcoming film Mr Holmes.

Along with the photo, McKellen tweeted; “Over 70 actors have previously played Sherlock Holmes. Now he’s 93 years old and it’s my turn. #MrHolmes.”

Mr Holmes, which is currently filming in London, stars Ian McKellen as Sherlock Holmes in 1947 at the age of 93, living with his housekeeper Mrs Munro and her son Roger in Sussex.

As Holmes mind is failing in his old age, he relies on his housekeeper and her son to help him with one final unsolved case, which forced him into retirement.

Mr Holmes is based on the novel A Slight Trick of the Mind by Mitch Cullin, and has been adapted for the screen by Jeffrey Hatcher, who wrote the screenplay for 2008s The Duchess with Keira Knightley.

Mr Holmes will be directed by Bill Condon, whose previous directing credits include 2004s Kinsey with Liam Neeson and 2013s The Fifth Estate, staring Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange.

Alongside Ian McKellen, the film also stars Laura Linney as the housekeeper Mrs Munro and Milo Parker as her son, Roger Munro.

The cast also includes a collection of British actors and actresses, including Frances de la Tour, Patrick Kennedy, Roger Allam and Phil Davies.

Mr Holmes marks the second collaboration between Condon and McKellen, who have previously worked together on 1998s Gods and Monsters, for which Condon won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, and McKellen was nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role.

Mr Holmes is currently due for release in 2015.

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7 Responses to First look at Ian McKellen as Sherlock Holmes

  1. theswitz says:

    I can’t wait to see this one


    • It does look interesting!


      • theswitz says:

        McKellen’s an excellent actor, and I do love all things Holmes.
        Speaking of which, tsk tsk, I saw your other article (Five Best Portrayals), and can’t believe Jeremy Brett only got an honourable mention! He was (and likely always will be) my personal favourite 🙂


        • Hmm. When I wrote that other piece, I was inundated with vile abuse for leaving Mr. Brett off the list. An over-reaction from people. I would explain myself, but I decided it’s probably best not to do so for fear of more abuse from idiots!

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          • theswitz says:

            All lists are subjective. I jumped to the article on the focusfilm site and saw the comments. I was a little shocked at how harsh some of them were, well not overly shocked though, because it is the internet. Your article was good, it just didn’t agree with everyone.

            I think Sherlock Holmes is a bit like James Bond, or Doctor Who. It seems whoever you saw first (or watched the most) is your favourite. And people hate it when their favourite isn’t everybody’s favourite.

            I watched the Granada Holmes stories a lot back in university, and think Brett is the best adaptation in my opinion. I love Cumberbatch and the modern take in Sherlock, but would still love to see them do a period episode. I was a little unsure of Jonny Lee Miller in Elementary, but he’s grown on me. (Though the best thing about Elementary is that you don’t have to wait a year for three more episodes!) Rathbone was quite good, but I watched one recently (Terror By Night) and I had to shake my head by the end of it. They had made Watson (Nigel Bruce) such a fool that it kind of soured me. I’ve also heard that the Russian Holmes (Livanov), but haven’t been able to find any of his work suitably subtitled. Michael Caine was also great as Holmes in Without a Clue if you want a light, comedic take.

            Wow, it appears I really like to talk about Sherlock Holmes! 😉

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