Ian McKellen becomes the next incarnation of Sherlock

Ian McKellen Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes–the most celebrated and adapted character of all time–will see yet another incarnation this summer with Gandalf and Magneto actor Ian McKellen stepping into the famous detective’s shoes.  In Mr. Holmes, McKellen plays a retired Holmes, a Holmes never seen in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s works.  Stranger yet, this Holmes exists in a world where Holmes is a character portrayed in films, whose exploits are well known in a series of books.

So is McKellen Holmes, or a senile old chap who thinks he’s Holmes?  Either way, it’s about time Academy Award nominee Ian McKellen becomes Academy Award winner Ian McKellen, isn’t it?  Maybe this will be the film that cinches it for the man with that distinctive, booming, grandfatherly voice.

Ian McKellen is Mr Holmes

It was only last month we recounted the many modern interpretations of Holmes here at borg.com, previewing Benedict Cumberbatch’s coming role as the original, Victorian Sherlock in BBC’s Sherlock.

Check out this new trailer released this week for Mr. Holmes:

This film looks more like a BBC or Public Television movie more than a theatrical release.  The negative is that it’s directed by Bill Condon, not known for genre films except his stint with the Twilight movies.  A plus is that the film is scored by Carter Burwell, known for a myriad of soundtracks for everything from Coen Brothers films like Raising Arizona, Fargo, and The Big Lebowski, to Buffy the Vampire Slayer (the movie), to Doc Hollywood and Rob Roy, to The Jackal, and one of our favorites, A Knight’s Tale.

Mr. Holmes arrives in theaters July 17, 2015.

C.J. Bunce


  1. Even though Condon hasn’t had much genre experience, he’s done some magnificent movies. “Gods and Monsters” is wonderful, “Kinsey” is great and “Dreamgirls” is darn good. I look forward to seeing him work with McKellen again.

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