Ian McKellen Plays Sherlock Holmes in Mr. Holmes

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By Karen Valenzuela, @VictoriaNoir89

Earlier this week, Roadside Attractions released the first US trailer for the film Mr. Holmes, which reunites director Bill Condon with Ian McKellen for the first time since they collaborated on Gods and Monsters in 1998. This time, Condon directs McKellen as he portrays the world’s most legendary sleuth, Sherlock Holmes. Jeffrey Hatcher adapted the script from Mitch Cullin’s 2005 novel A Slight Trick of the Mind, which portrays a much older Holmes in the 1940s, looking back on scenes from his life.

The film reimagines Arthur Conan Doyle’s fictitious sleuth almost in a biopic fashion, and based on the trailer, it seems we will see “the real” Holmes pitted against the larger than life Holmes whom Mr. Watson created for the public over the years. Instead of seeing Sherlock Holmes in his usual setting of dark, fog-plagued, dingy London, we see him in a quaint seaside cottage tending to his bees, with only his housekeeper, played by Laura Linney (The Truman Show, John Adams), and her son for company. Her son Roger is a sleuth by his own right, having idolized Sherlock Holmes throughout his young life. Milo Parker plays Roger, and he looks like he might be one of the highlight performances of the film. (Just a quick side note: Where do these casting agents keep finding young talented actors who look like little Peter Pan elves?)

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McKellen’s Sherlock Holmes is haunted by the memory of that one case he wasn’t able to crack. Relying on the help of Roger’s astute mind, as he has lost some of his world-renowned case-solving skill in his old age, Holmes decides to go back to the case to find out once and for all what happened.

With some great talent casted in secondary roles, such as Frances de la Tour (Madame Maxine in the Harry Potter franchise), Roger Allam (V for Vendetta, The Book Thief), and Hiroyuki Sanada (Helix, Extant), and an original score composed by Carter Burwell (True Grit, Mildred Pierce), Mr. Holmes looks like it will be a fantastic summer treat for anyone who enjoys a warm and entertaining period piece. Because of the usual nature of Sherlock Holmes, there will surely be a mystery that needs solving, as well!

Mr. Holmes is set to be released worldwide on July 17, 2015, according to Rotten Tomatoes.

Check out the official US trailer here:


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