Sir Ian McKellen will Play Sherlock Holmes in upcoming film

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Not content that there are already three Sherlock Holmes adaptations in contemporary media, Hollywood has went ahead and greenlit a new Sherlock Holmes movie. But wait, there’s a catch — this one will capture Holmes’ senior citizen years, when he is without Watson, and his youthful vigor. And Screen Daily is reporting that the retired Holmes will be played by none other than Sir Ian McKellen. That dude is like a magnet for iconic roles.

The story is adapted from a novel by Mitch Cullin, titled A Slight Trick of the Mind, whose premise is as follows:

In 1947, Sherlock Holmes, long retired, lives in a sleepy Sussex village with his housekeeper and her amateur-sleuthing son. But far from living out a peaceful retirement, he is haunted by an unsolved case from fifty years ago. He remembers only fragments: a confrontation with an angry husband, a secret bond with his beautiful but unstable wife.

With his legendary mental powers on the wane, and without his old sidekick Watson, Holmes is faced with the toughest case of his life – a case that might finally reveal to him the mysteries of the human heart.

The film will be directed by Bill Condon, who is also responsible for this year’s The Fifth Estate, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch, who’s playing Holmes in the popular BBC series.

Producer Anne Carey said of the source material:

Mitch Cullin’s elegiac novel is not so much about solving a mystery, as it is about accepting life’s mysteries. I could not be more excited about the talent who have come together to make this film a reality.

First Skyfall, now this. What is it with famous British characters facing their mortality these days?

The film is set to start filming next April, I’m guessing a 2015 release? Anyway, tell us how you feel in the comments. Yes, you, because we really care what you think. No, really, we do. Totally.