Sir Ian McKellen as Sherlock Holmes. This first image from the film's production was tweeted by McKellen himself.

Sir Ian McKellen as Sherlock Holmes. This first image from the film’s production was tweeted by McKellen himself.

by Nur Hussein, staff writer

Sir Ian McKellen is set to play an old, retired Sherlock Holmes in yet another contemporary interpretation of the character. He will star on the big screen in the film adaptation of the book, A Slight Trick of the Mind by Mitch Cullin. The film was also previously titled A Slight Trick of the Mind, but now it is simply called Mr. Holmes. This is probably a move to make audiences realize it’s a movie about Sherlock Holmes, whose popularity has enjoyed a resurgence thanks to the Moffat/Gatiss BBC series Sherlock, the Guy Ritchie Holmes movies with Robert Downey Junior, and the American TV show, Elementary.

This film features a 93-year old Sherlock Holmes (played by McKellen), now retired to the countryside and keeping busy as a beekeeper (which was indeed how the canonical Holmes retired in the 1917 short story by Arthur Conan Doyle, “His Last Bow”). Holmes lives with his housekeeper Mrs. Munro (played by Laura Linney) and her young son Roger, and grapples with the loss of his memory. He relies on the boy to help him solve an unresolved mystery from his past.

Principal photography has begun on the film, and several new actors were announced as joining the cast: Hattie Morahan, Hiroyuki Sanada, Roger Allam, Phil Davis, Frances de la Tour, and Milo Parker, who plays Roger. The director is Bill Condon, who directed critically acclaimed films such as Gods and Monsters, Chicago, Kinsey and Dreamgirls. He was also the director of the final two Twilight movies. The film’s screenplay will be adapted from the novel by screenwriter Jeffrey Hatcher, and produced by Anne Carey.

Mr. Holmes is scheduled to be released in 2015.