Sir Ian McKellen has confirmed he is to star as a senior retired Sherlock Holmes in the new upcoming movie, Sherlock Holmes: A Slight Trick Of The Mind. McKellen wrote on twitter
“Working again with Bill Condon? Playing Sherlock Holmes? Elementary. Couldn’t be happier.”
Sir Ian will be reuniting with Oscar winning director Bill Condon. Condon, known for his work directing the popular Twilight saga and the emphatic movie “Dream Girls” will be the orchestra as the two look to work together for the first time since “Gods and Monsters” back in 1998.
Set in 1947, a retired 93 year old Holmes, now living a peaceful quiet life in Sussex with his son embarks on a mission trying to solve a 50 year old mystery. The film is based on an adaptation of Mitch Cullin’s 2005 novel, which has the same name as the movie title.
McKellen had also revealed he is to pick up his role as Gandalf in the sequel to the Hobbit, which is out later this year and Magneto in the eagerly anticipated “X-Men: Days of Future Past, due to be released next year. McKellen succeeds Robert Downey Jr as the next Sherlock Holmes and having already played both Gandalf and Magneto, the 74 year old ads another great character to his list of filmography and follows Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller as the inquisitive protagonist.
The other members of the cast have yet to be announced. BBC films will be co-producing the film and production is reported to begin next year in April 2014 in the UK.