Ian McKellen, the 75 year-old star of film, stage and screen has been tantalising his fans on Twitter today as he releases a picture of himself playing the iconic role of Sherlock Holmes in Bill Condon’s new film, Mr Holmes.
The film, which is based on the book A Slight Trick of the Mind by Mitch Cullin, sees Holmes as a now 93 year-old man facing the failings of old age on his famous intellect. However, now Holmes must revisit an old case and learn more about himself along the way including questions about life and love in the face of his ever present logic.
The image on Twitter shows McKellen made up as his character and made to look older to fit the almost 20 year age gap between the actor and the character. The actor, who is perhaps most famous for his roles as Magneto in the X-Men films and as Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit franchises, posted the caption ‘Over 70 actors have previously played Sherlock Holmes. Now he’s 93 years old and it’s my turn.’
— Ian McKellen (@IanMcKellen) July 9, 2014
The film will also star Laura Linney of The Big C fame. McKellen previously worked with Bill Condon as his director in the feature film Gods and Monsters where the actor played the role of James Whale, the famed director of Frankenstein and The Bride of Frankenstein.