Sherlock Holmes as a senior citizen? (photo image courtesy of Gage Skidmore)
I’m actually sort of liking the idea! Apparently Sir Ian McKellan will play the aging detective in a movie called ‘A Slight Trick of the Mind’.
Unless you have been hiding under a rock, you will know the amazing Sir Ian McKellan from the Hobbit movies (Gandalf) and the X-Men movies, among many, many other roles in a brilliant career spanning several decades.
The plot line will follow a retired Sherlock Holmes living in a quiet village with his housekeeper and her sleuthing son. He is haunted by an old unsolved case and must deal with the realities of an aging mind, causing him to question his mental powers.
I think this will be very different from anything Sherlock we have ever seen. It looks like a promising endeavor. Bill Condon and Ian McKellan worked together on ‘Gods and Monsters’ , earning a Best Actor nomination for McKellan and winning a Best Screenplay for Condon.
So while viewing Sherlock Holmes as a senior citizen in the not so prime of his life will be different, I think it will be a high quality addition to the Everything Sherlock catalogue.
In the meantime, you can sink your teeth into some other classic Ian McKellan movies and posters …