First Image of Ian McKellen as Sherlock in ‘Mr. Holmes’

By July 9, 2014

A little over a week ago, star Martin Freeman said that the BBC’s “Sherlock” TV show would be getting its own Christmas special in 2015, and soon afterward, that news was confirmed by the network and the show’s creators, Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss. Another season – or “series,” as the Brits say – will follow, presumably airing in early 2016. But that won’t be the only iteration of Sherlock Holmes we see in the near future. No, Robert Downey Jr. isn’t going to be reprising the role in another Guy Ritchie movie (that we know of…yet); this time, it’s Sir Ian McKellen who will be donning the iconic deerstalker hat and taking on the role of an older Holmes.

Bill Condon (The Fifth Estate, Twilight: Breaking Dawn) is directing McKellen in Mr. Holmes, which was previously called A Slight Trick of The Mind. Laura Linney will star as Mrs. Munro, Holmes’ housekeeper, and the story will follow Holmes after he’s retired to Sussex to become a beekeeper, dealing with his old age and becoming obsessed with the one case he couldn’t solve. While there, he takes Mrs. Munro’s young son under his wing and acts as a sort of father figure to him.

Just this morning, McKellen himself tweeted the first image of himself in costume as the 93-year-old Holmes. Take a look, and tell us if you think he’ll make a good Sherlock in the comments below:

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