Laura Linney Joins the Cast of Sir Ian McKellen’s ‘Sherlock Holmes’ Movie

Sir Ian McKellen (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)

Sir Ian McKellen (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)

More news has emerged of the new Sherlock Holmes project we mentioned last September, the one that has nothing to do with either Benedict Cumberbatch, Robert Downey Jnr. or Jonny Lee Miller.

A Slight Trick of the Mind is a movie based on a novel by Mitch Cullin in which the great detective is well into his dotage. It’s 1947, and Sherlock Holmes—played by Sir Ian McKellen—is alone in a village in Sussex, with just his memories of an unsolved case involving a beautiful woman to tax that considerable intellect.

He does have a housekeeper at least, to replace Mrs. Hudson. Her name is Mrs. Munro, and she’ll be played by The Big C and Love, Actually star Laura Linney. And she has a son who just loves a mystery.

Also joining the cast is Hattie Morahan, from the BBC’s Outnumbered, and the film—due to start filming this summer—will be directed by Bill Condon (Twilight, The Fifth Estate).

More details to follow, as soon as we get ‘em!

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