Trailer: Ian McKellen’s Sherlock wrestles with his demons in ‘Mr. Holmes’


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Roadside Attractions, one of the smartest indie units in the business, have released the first full trailer for Oscar-winning filmmaker Bill Condon’s latest drama Mr. Holmes.

Starring Academy Award nominee Sir Ian McKellen in the title role, Mr. Holmes is based on the novel A Slight Trick by Mitch Cullin and re-imagines legendary literary sleuth Sherlock Holmes as a real-life individual whose adventures were turned into best-selling novels by his best friend Dr. John Watson. Set sometime in the late 1940s, Mr. Holmes finds the eponymous sleuth an aging man whose dwindling mental health has forced him to retire to the comforts of a seaside farmhouse, with only his housekeeper and her son Roger to keep him company. But when the embers of an old unsolved case begin to crop up, he finds himself confronting his emotions for the first time.

The trailer for Mr. Holmes may not look like much but the last time Condon and McKellen collaborated, the result was the Oscar-winning Gods and Monsters, so there’s a lot of promise. Additionally, the film also benefited from a slew of encouraging reviews after its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival in February. Finally, it’s nice to see McKellen in a plum role like this after spending the better half of the last decade alternating between playing Magneto and Gandalf.

Mr. Holmes also features Laura Linney, Hiroyuki Sanada, Hattie Morahan, Patrick Kennedy, Roger Allam, Frances de la Tour, Phil Davis and newcomer Milo Parker. It was written by Jeffrey Hatcher whose previous writing credits include The Duchess and Casanova.

Mr. Holmes opens on July 17.


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