Interpreting an older, retired version of the character, Ian McKellen will be playing the infamous sleuth in the Slight Trick of the Mind Sherlock Holmes movie. In a time when there are three other mainstream iterations of the character, two on television and one on the big screen, it isn’t entirely surprising that we’re getting another. Despite that, we haven’t seen this version of the character on film yet.
Taking a similar approach to the RDJ-starring feature films, Slight Trick of the Mind will be staying in the time period in which the original stories were set, albeit focusing on the latter years. And even though Watson won’t be around, I think we can count on the housekeeper’s son to take the place of sidekick in the film. McKellen is obviously a wonderful actor so it’ll be a treat to watch him take on such an iconic character on the big screen.
There are two shows, each interpreting a more modern version of the character (one in New York, one in London), that are currently airing, and a third Warner Bros. movie is also being worked on; personally, I’m all Sherlock’ed out. Does anyone else think this might be a bit too much, or is this different enough to have a place among the slew of other Sherlock’s out there today? Either way, you can check out the full plot summary below.
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.