Sherlock Holmes is getting a makeover – and at 93 years old, he’s looking positively dashing.
Sir Ian McKellen will be portraying the legendary detective in a new feature film titled Mr. Holmes, which shows the now-retired sleuth of Baker Street living a dormant life in a Sussex farmhouse. Ian, 75, will be joined by Laura Linney as Sherlock’s housekeeper, Mrs. Munro, and the film adaptation will be directed by Gods and Monsters filmmaker Bill Condon.The movie’s narrative, while inspired by the stories found in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous books, is actually adapted from Mitch Cullin’s novel A Slight Trick of the Mind, which was released in 2005.
Mr. Holmes comes during a Sherlock Holmes resurgence, with Benedict Cumberbatch's Sherlock Holmes leading the charge. The hit BBC miniseries recently announced that it will return for a three-episode fourth season, complete with a one-off holiday special. Benedict, 37, was recently nominated for an Emmy in the ‘Best Actor in a Miniseries or Movie’ category for Sherlock: His Last Vow.
To date, more than 70 actors have portrayed the detective, who cracked the Hounds of Baskerville case and played a pivotal role in defeating Dr. Moriarty.
To show his pride and excitement, Sir Ian said in a tweet, “Over 70 actors have previously played Sherlock Holmes. Now he’s 93 years old and it’s my turn. #MrHolmes”
Mr. Holmes has already begun shooting and is expected to be in theatres sometime in 2015.