'Mr. Holmes': First Look at Ian McKellen as Sherlock

Ian McKellen in "Mr. Holmes"
Ian McKellen in "Mr. Holmes"
 Agatha A. Nitecka

Ian McKellen has tweeted the first image of himself playing the world's most famous detective in Oscar winner Bill Condon's next film, Mr. Holmes.

"Over 70 actors have previously played Sherlock Holmes," the 75-year-old actor wrote. "Now he's 93 years old and it's my turn."

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The film, due out in 2015, follows a long-retired Sherlock Holmes haunted by an unsolved case from 50 years ago. He remembers only fragments: a confrontation with an angry husband and a secret bond with the beautiful but unstable wife. With his legendary mental powers on the wane and without his old sidekick Watson, Holmes is faced with the toughest case of his life. 

Unlike many Sherlock Holmes projects, the film isn't based on any of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic 19th-century stories about the archetypal detective. Instead, it's an adaptation of the 2005 novel A Slight Trick of the Mind by Mitch Cullin.

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Condon's most recent project was last year's Julian Assange biopic, The Fifth Estate. He won an Oscar for his screenplay for Gods and Monsters (1998), which he also directed. In 2006, he won a Golden Globe for his big-screen adaptation of the Broadway play Dream Girls

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