Laura Linney signs up for new Sherlock Holmes movie

News Simon Brew 8 May 2014 - 07:39

Laura Linney and Ian McKellen are teaming up for a new Sherlock Holmes project...

Now this looks interesting. A brand new Sherlock Holmes movie is on the way, but it's not the latest chapter of Warner Bros' franchise, that stars Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law. Instead, it's a film about an older Sherlock Holmes, set to be played by Sir Ian McKellen. And we now hear that he's been joined in the cast by the thoroughly brilliant Laura Linney. She will play Holmes' housekeeper, Mrs Munro, in the new movie.

The film, called A Slight Trick Of The Mind, is set to be directed by Bill Condon (Gods And Monsters, the final two Twilight movies). Linney and Condon previously worked together on the tremendously underrated Kinsey.

The film is based on the novel by Mitch Cullin of the same name, and Jeffrey Hatcher has adapted it for screen. In the story, we spend time with Sherlock Holmes at the age of both 63 and 91. With a bit of luck, A Slight Trick Of The Mind should be in cinemas next year.


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I definitely think there's a gap in the market for a more sedate Holmes tale, as you'd expect this one to be.

Don't get me wrong, I love the RDJ films and obviously Sherlock, but it'll be good to see an alternative representation, especially with that kind of cast.

I doubt it will be as affecting as that bizarrely heart-wrenching Mitchell & Webb "old Holmes" sketch. What a strange way to end a sketch show!

"I *know* John, I do know." - It was a brilliant, heartbreaking moment!

And we are still waiting for a third RDJ and Jude Law Sherlock movie.

This is what I immediately thought of! Great sketch!

What a fantastic cast! Cannot wait for this!

The question is - who's going to play the 63-year old Holmes?

Weren't they emulating the poignancy of the way Blackadder ended? I'm sure they referenced it in one of the earlier sketches.

Do you mean Watson? Holmes is going to be Sir Ian McKellan. I'd like to see another great old British lovey like Derek Jacobi or Ian Holm.

Lol wait I see what you mean. Haha yeah 63 will be a stretch for Sir Ian.

As a 91 year old Holmes? Is Sir Christopher Lee available, they could use some old footage of him as Holmes in the 1960s and 1990s so no need for CGI or bad make-up.

If this is true, it's still a bit strange - Blackadder ended after 3 hours of often dark humour in the trenches of WWI. Mitchell & Webb chops and changes between different silly skits every 3 minutes.

I was a bit too subtle, I think. ^^

I guess it is really. You can check out the sketch I mean on youtube under Mitchell and Webb s04e05 part 2/3, about one minute in. Its one of their little between-takes debates, which are always funny, and does explain a bit of the incongruity of the Holmes sketch.

Make up and lighting can do wonders...

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