First Look Photo: Sir Ian McKellen is Ready to Play Sherlock Holmes

July 9, 2014
Source: Twitter

Sir Ian McKellen

Well, Hello! Meet the new Sherlock Holmes. Yep, he's old and yet still as spry as ever. Legendary actor Sir Ian McKellen has posted his own photo of himself in costume & make-up for the new film Mr. Holmes, being directed by Bill Condon. McKellen will apparently be playing an aging Sherlock Holmes in the project, also known as A Slight Trick of the Mind, co-starring Laura Linney. The story is about Mr. Holmes looking back at his life and the cases and unsolved mysteries, and yes of course, a woman. It's only a costume shot, but as a first look at the lovable McKellen ready to play Holmes, I couldn't resist sharing. Take a look below.

Sir Ian McKellen

Synopsis from IMDb for Mr. Holmes: An aged, retired Sherlock Holmes looks back on his life, and grapples with an unsolved case involving a beautiful woman. Mr. Holmes, or A Slight Trick of the Mind which is the title of Mitch Cullin's novel this is based on, is being directed by Oscar winner Bill Condon (of Gods and Monsters, Kinsey, Dreamgirls, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, The Fifth Estate previously). The script is by Jeffrey Hatcher and Bill Condon. Production is just underway now around England, with support from BBC Films and FilmNation. Stay tuned for updates on the project. Sound interesting enough? I'm curious.

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You know, I wouldn't mind seeing a Sherlock Holmes crossover. Mainly with the Downey Jr, Cumberbatch and McKellan versions. Maybe some scientific experimental universal time travel modulator device thingy collapses causing some kind of scientific mumbo jumbo and universal particle explosion and they all meet up and have to solve the mystery in order to restore the balance to the universe. Oh and Doctor Who can be involved in the story too.

Stephen Ritchie on Jul 9, 2014


That will never happen unfortunately. We can hope though!

Nathan Williams on Jul 9, 2014


McKellen is going to SLAY this role. So psyched for this performance.

DAVIDPD on Jul 9, 2014


Love Him, Love Holmes, Only the Studios can fuck this up.

Sky on Jul 9, 2014

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