Sir Ian McKellen Joins A Slight Trick of the Mind

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The upcoming big screen adaptation of the novel, A Slight Trick of the Mind has added Sir Ian McKellan to the cast. The film is based on the novel of the same name written by Mitch Cullin. The screenplay is being adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher. McKellan will be playing the role of Sherlock Holmes, who is now living the retired life in the story.

The official plot 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.

A Slight Trick of the Mind will be produced by Anne Carey via her Archer Gray Productions, Iain Canning and Emile Sherman of See-Saw Films; and Aviv Giladi, CEO of Icon/AI Film. Len Blavatnik and BBC Films head Christine Langan will serve as executive producers while BBC Films is also co-financing. Icon will finance and produce under its Al Film banner, the production arm of the Icon UK Group owned by Len Blavatnik’s Access Industries.

Carey said,

“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.”

AI Film CEO Aviv Giladi added,

“Bill Condon and Ian McKellen are a perfect match for this clever and intriguing project, the third on our current production slate. The next few months will be exciting as we move closer to shooting with our producer partners Anne Carey and Iain Canning.”

The film is set to begin production in April in the UK.

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