Ian McKellen took to his Twitter account and posted our first look at him as the legendary Sherlock Holmes in Mr. Holmes. “Over 70 actors have previously played Sherlock Holmes. Now he’s 93 years old and it’s my turn,” he stated with the below photo.
McKellen, as he said, is set to play the iconic sleuth as an old man who is haunted by a 50-year-old case he could not solve.
Mr. Holmes is based on the novel by Mitch Cullin, which takes place in 1947 and finds McKellen as Holmes living in Sussex village with his housekeeper and her son, who also dreams of being a detective. Perhaps the son will help him solve the case that got away? We’re thinking yes.
Laura Linney also stars in the film that is being directed by Bill Condon (Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1 and 2, Dreamgirls).
McKellen is truly hitting his stride in the last half of his life. I mean, the guy has played Gandalf, Magneto and now Sherlock Holmes?!
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