First off: calm down, Cumberfans, Gandalf isn’t replacing Benedict in the BBC drama. The image shows the 75 year old acting God, Sir Ian McKellen, in his role of Sherlock Holmes in Bill Condon’s Mr Holmes, a film revisioning of Mitch Cullin’s book, A Slight Trick of the Mind.
Bill Condon, the man in the directors chair for; Gods and Monsters, Chicago, and ahem the two final installments of the Twilight series, is bringing a new Sherlock to the silver screen.
The screenplay is being penned by Jeffrey Hatcher, who’s most recent success was the Keira Knightley film, The Duchess.
The source material, A Slight Trick of the Mind sees a Sherlock Holmes long retired, his memory beginning to fade and he tells his housekeeper’s son about his life before he forgets it entirely.
The film may take a different approach to Holmes’ twilight years as it’s been reported “McKellen will play a retired Sherlock Holmes who is haunted by a 50-year-old unsolved case.”
With the BBC as one of the financial backers, the film has a successful Sherlock Holmes team behind it already. Just hope they don’t try to pull it too far in the direction they took the Benedict Cumberbatch series, Sherlock, or it’ll lose the one thing making it stand out amongst the many recent Sherlock Holmes retellings.
The film was announced in September of 2013 and currently has no release date.