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Prepare for geekgasm: Ian McKellen is playing an elderly Sherlock Holmes in Bill Condon’s upcoming film A Slight Trick of the Mind. The logline:

The story picks up with the detective at age 93, long-ago retired to the rural area of Sussex, where he is haunted by an unresolved case from a half-century ago.

His partner, Dr. Watson, is no longer with him. And his mental acuity has bid him farewell, too. This is a Sherlock Holmes grappling with his own faded and tattered memory, whose powers of observation and deduction are not what they used to be.

The first look of Ian McKellen as Sherlock Holmes in the film adaptation of Mitch Cullin’s, ‘A Slight Trick of the Mind.“ [x]

Want to know more about the story? We interviewed the author in June. You can listen [HERE].

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.

You can buy the novel on Amazon: US [x], UK [x]

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We sit down with Mitch Cullin, author of A Slight Trick of the Mind, which tells the story of a 93-year-old Sherlock Holmes’ battle with his diminishing mind.

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.

You can buy the novel on Amazon: US [x], UK [x]

Music: Fifties Shopping Intro Extended by TeknoAXE

Books discussed:

The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R King [x]

The Casebook of Solar Pons by August Derleth [x]

Embracing Defeat by John Dower [x]

Sleep, Pale Sister by Joanne Harris [x]

From Ian McKellen fb page (x)

Over 70 actors have previously played Sherlock Holmes. Now he’s 93 years old and it’s my turn, in “Mr Holmes.” The great detective has long since retired to the countryside, with his housekeeper (Laura Linney) and his bees. But there’s one last case to be solved. And there’s the sting.

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REVIEW: MR. HOLMES

I was granted the rare opportunity to view a private screening of Mr. Holmes starring Ian McKellen and Laura Linny. Based off the 2005 A Slight Trick of the Mind by Mitch Cullen (our interview with the author HERE), the story takes us to the beekeeping days of the now retired Sherlock Holmes.  Now, I have read the book so I knew a bit about what was coming and I knew at the least I was going to cry (ha, and what do you know I was totally right!) 

If you’re a Sherlockian, watch when convenient, if inconvenient, watch all the same. You’ll not regret it.  You’ll discover (or rediscover) that under the cold logic of Holmes is a soul that weeps and bleeds like any other. There is hope beyond terrible regret.

Read the review here…

Sir Ian McKellen To Take On The Great Sherlock Holmes
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Abbie Bethel
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Lord of the Rings actor Sir Ian McKellen is set to take on the infamous Sherlock Holmes in a film directed by Bill Condon (Breaking Dawn, Fifth Estate).

Taking place in 1947, McKellen will take on the role of a retired Mr. Holmes, who is now happily settled, living with his housekeeper and her son in a Sussex village.

Entitled A Slight Trick of the Mind, Holmes is haunted by an unsolved case going back almost 50 years. Only remembering fragments of information: a confrontation with an angry husband and a secret bond with his wife, Holmes cannot put the case to rest and is determined to solve one last mystery.

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Ian McKellen to Play Retired Sherlock Holmes in Bill Condon's 'A Slight Trick of the Mind'

Oscar winner Bill Condon is to direct A Slight Trick of the Mind with Ian McKellen to star.

The film details the story of a long-retired Sherlock Holmes 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.

(from Hollywood Reporter)

1) SIR IAN!

2) Another Sherlock, bring it! :D

3) AND IT’S SIR IAN

THE 1975 @ HOLLYWOOD PALLADIUM, LOS ANGELES

The 1975 put on a great show, there are no questions about it. This would be my second time seeing them, but since I am a bigger fan now, I was more excited to see them than I was the first time. The last 20 minutes before The 1975 were scheduled to come on, the lights started to slowly dim. The change was so slight that I thought my mind was playing tricks on me.

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