This weekend, alongside Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck with Bill Hader and Woody Allen’s Irrational Man with Joaquin Phoenix, movie-goers will also be able to see a literary icon return to the big screen in the form of director Bill Condon‘s new drama Mr. Holmes. Condon (Gods and Monsters, The Fifth Estate) directs Oscar-nominee Ian McKellen (X-Men, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers) in an adaptation of Mitch Cullin’s A Slight Trick of the Mind, that finds a retired Sherlock Holmes toying over an unsolved case involving a beautiful woman and a confrontation with an angry husband. Fellow Oscar-nominee Laura Linney (The Truman Show, Mystic River) and Hiroyuki Sanada (Rush Hour 3, The Wolverine) make up the supporting cast. The trailer is available here on MADE. Enjoy the weekend line-up!
Along with the second installation of The Hobbit and a reprisal of his role as Magneto in next summer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, Ian McKellen is no stranger to modern cinema or popular culture. Like his co-star Hugh Jackman, who has played the Wolverine a total of 5 times, McKellen will have played the role of Gandalf in a total of six films by the time the third Hobbit film is released. It may be around that time that he will also be appearing as none other than a retired Sherlock Holmes in a new film by director Bill Condon. Condon directed McKellen in 1998’s Gods and Monsters, which earned the actor an Oscar nomination, and is currently at the Toronto Film Festival for the premiere of his new movie The Fifth Estate. The new Holmes movie is titled A Slight Trick of the Mind and will be based on the novel by Mitch Cullin in which Holmes is living with his maid, coping with dementia and dealing with old age. While another Sherlock Holmes movie may seem like overkill, it might just be really redeeming to see a veteran actor take on the role with some sincerity that credits the original characteristics of Sherlock Holmes, and not a modern day Beavis and Butthead duo like Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law who are picked just to draw a crowd. With shooting about to get underway for X-Men it may still be a while before we see the movie in theaters, but McKellen knows how to deliver a performance worth waiting for, so we’ll just have to be patient.