Sir Ian McKellen signs up for Sherlock Holmes film

Sir Ian McKellen. Picture: PA
Sir Ian McKellen. Picture: PA
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SIR Ian McKellen is the latest star to bring Sherlock Holmes to life for the big screen, playing an ageing version of the sleuth in new film A Slight Trick Of The Mind.

The Lord Of The Rings star will be reunited with his Gods And Monsters director Bill Condon in a movie adaptation of Mitch Cullin’s novel.

Sir Ian has been cast as the long-retired consulting detective, haunted by an unsolved case from 50 years previously. The film is expected to start shooting in the UK next April.

Holmes has been played in recent years by Benedict Cumberbatch in the BBC1 update of the stories, Robert Downey Jr in two film outings and Jonny Lee Miller in US TV series Elementary.

In A Slight Trick Of The Mind Holmes is losing his memory, and without his colleague Dr Watson, he can only remember fragments of what has happened in previous years.