Ian McKellen is a Retired Sherlock Holmes

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Ian McKellen has been cast as a retired Sherlock Holmes in A Slight Trick Of The Mind, an Icon UK production. Deadline has reported that Bill Condon, the director of Gods and Monsters, Kinsey, Dreamgirls and…both parts of The Twilight Saga, has been placed at the helm of the film.

Jeffrey Hatcher (The Duchess) has adapted Mich Cullin’s novel.

Here’s Amazon‘s synopsis for the novel:

It is 1947, and the long-retired Sherlock Holmes, now 93, lives in a remote Sussex farmhouse with his housekeeper and her young son. He tends to his bees, writes in his journal, and grapples with the diminishing powers of his mind. But in the twilight of his life, as people continue to look to him for answers, Holmes revisits a case that may provide him with answers of his own to questions he didn’t even know he was asking–about life, about love, and about the limits of the mind’s ability to know. A novel of exceptional grace and literary sensitivity, A Slight Trick of the Mind is a brilliant imagining of our greatest fictional detective and a stunning inquiry into the mysteries of human connection.

A retired Sherlock Holmes dealing with his age and a case that has haunted him for years? You had us at Sherlock. McKellen is one of our finest actors and we can’t wait to see what he does with this much-loved character.

A Slight Trick Of The Mind will shoot in the U.K. in April, 2014.