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Now this is super awesome news: Ian McKellen is set to reteam with his "Gods and Monsters" director Bill Condon for "A Slight Trick of the Mind," in which the actor will play a retired Sherlock Holmes who is haunted by a case that eluded him 50 years ago. The announcement comes out of the Toronto Film Festival, where Condon's new film, the terrific "The Fifth Estate" (about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange), is set to kick things off.
McKellen will play a Holmes on the decline: His memory and mental powers aren't what they used to me, not to mention Watson is dead. The movie, which is being written by Jeffrey Hatcher ("The Duchess") and is based on Mitch Cullin's 2006 novel of the same name, will shoot in April 2014. It is a BBC Films co-production.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's sleuth is very hot right now. In addition to CBS's insanely popular series "Elementary," there's the British series "Sherlock," which stars Condon's "Fifth Estate" star Benedict Cumberbatch, and there are rumblings of a third "Sherlock Holmes" movie with Robert Downey Jr.
In the meantime, as we wait for Condon and McKellen to recapture their "Gods and Monsters" magic, "The Fifth Estate" opens on October 18, and McKellen can be seen in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," out December 13, and "X-Men: Days of Future Past," out May 23, 2014.