Gods and Monsters' Bill Condon and Ian McKellen are working together again in Mr. Holmes, a revisionist Sherlock mystery based on Mitch Cullin's A Slight Trick of the Mind. From the book's synopsis:
It is 1947, and the long-retired Sherlock Holmes, now 93, lives in a remote Sussex farmhouse with his housekeeper and her young son. He tends to his bees, writes in his journal, and grapples with the diminishing powers of his mind. But in the twilight of his life, as people continue to look to him for answers, Holmes revisits a case that may provide him with answers of his own to questions he didn’t even know he was asking–about life, about love, and about the limits of the mind’s ability to know. A novel of exceptional grace and literary sensitivity, A Slight Trick of the Mind is a brilliant imagining of our greatest fictional detective and a stunning inquiry into the mysteries of human connection.
The trailer is lovely, really wonderful, and it's a dream to see Sir Ian McKellen - who has embodied so many lasting characters - take on the mantle of the consulting detective from Baker Street.
Mr. Holmes opened to unanimously positive reviews at Berlinale last month, and it opens in the UK on June 19. Has anyone read A Slight Trick of the Mind? I've just added it to my Kindle and I'm excited to dive in.