Laura Linney Joins Upcoming Sherlock Holmes Film ‘A Slight Trick of The Mind’

By May 7, 2014

Last September, we told you about director Bill Condon’s upcoming Sherlock Holmes film, A Slight Trick of The Mind, starring Sir Ian McKellen as a long-retired Holmes still haunted by a case he failed to solve 50 years ago.

News now comes down the pike (via EW) that Laura Linney has also signed on as the beloved Mrs. Munro, who fans know as Holmes’ doting housekeeper. For those of you who are not familiar with ANY of the Holmes films (SHAME), she’s kind of like the Moneypenny to his 007.

Based on Mitch Cullin’s novel of the same name and with a screenplay by Jeffrey Hatcher (Stage Beauty), this story follows Holmes after he’s retired to Sussex to become a beekeeper (as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle suggested), obsessed with that ONE case he couldn’t solve while dealing with old age and all it brings (including dementia). While there, he takes Mrs. Munro’s young son under his wing and acts as a sort of father figure to him.

In this film, we’ll get to see Holmes at ages 63 and 91, with Condon saying, “It’s a really great mystery about who Sherlock Holmes is, but it’s also a lovely, delicate movie about what happens as you get older.”


Linney, a self-professed fangirl of writer Arthur Conan Doyle, said of her love for the dry-witted detective, ““I was obsessed with Sherlock Holmes as a young kid. You know how some people are into Dungeons & Dragons? I was into Sherlock Holmes. I loved the atmosphere of the stories. I loved the intrigue, his personality. Bill (Condon) had no idea.”

This is a reunion of sorts for the actors and director: Linney worked with him back in 2003 on Kinsey (where she earned her second Oscar nod) and most recently, on 2013’s The Fifth Estate, while Condon and McKellen teamed on 1998’s Best Adapted Screenplay winner Gods and Monsters, which explored the final days of Frankenstein director James Whale’s life and also earned McKellen an Oscar nod for Best Actor.

Condon and McKellen have been trying to find a project to work together on since 1998 (“Nothing ever came close, and then I read this and it feels like one icon playing another,” Condon said) and it looks like the stars have finally aligned in their favor and the addition of Linney has made Condon do the happy dance.

When talking about the fact that the three of them will be working together for the first time, Condon happily said, “I’m looking forward to the combined talent, skills, and smarts. Both of them are incredibly detail-oriented and do an amazing amount of work before they get to set, and then they dive off the board and become their characters.”

Who knows? Perhaps this combination will inspire some band to write a Sherlock Holmes-themed love song like Sparks did back in 1982 with their hit appropriately titled “Sherlock Holmes.”

So, darlings, what say you about this casting combo? Agree? Disagree? As for me, I’m ALL IN.

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  • This project sounds so cool. Can’t wait to see what McKellen does as Holmes.