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Sir Ian McKellen to play Sherlock Holmes in A Slight Trick of the Mind

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Story by Jack Foley

SIR Ian McKellen is to play a retired Sherlock Holmes in new movie A Slight Trick of the Mind.

The film will reunite him with Oscar winning director Bill Condon, who directed Sir Ian on the Academy Award-winning Gods and Monsters, which Condon wrote and directed.

Based on a novel of the same name by Mitch Cullin, the film details the story of a long-retired Holmes who is still haunted by an unsolved case from 50 years ago.

However, the great detective remembers only fragments of the case, including a confrontation with an angry husband and a secret bond with his beautiful but unstable wife.

With his famed mental powers on the wane, and minus his old sidekick Watson, Holmes is faced with the toughest case of his life.

The film is due to commence production in the UK in April 2014.

Condon is currently in Toronto for the world premiere of his latest film The Fifth Estate about the rise and fall of Wikileaks and its founder Julian Assange, played by Benedict Cumberbatch.

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