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Ian McKellen shares pic of himself as 93-year-old Sherlock

LONDON (AP) -- British actor Ian McKellen has revealed the first picture of himself playing a 93-year-old Sherlock Holmes in a new movie.

Filming has begun on "Mr. Holmes," which imagines the famous sleuth in his old age as a retiree living in seclusion by the sea. The movie, based on Mitch Cullin's novel "A Slight Trick of the Mind," sees the detective struggling with a failing memory and revisiting one final unresolved mystery.

The 75-year-old McKellen tweeted a picture of himself in costume as Holmes this week, saying: "Over 70 actors have previously played Sherlock Holmes. Now he's 93 years old and it's my turn."

Laura Linney, his co-star, plays Holmes' housekeeper.

The film, directed by Bill Condon, is due for release next year.

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Jul 11, 2014 4:36PM
Jul 11, 2014 9:55PM
I think that it will be an excellent performance by one of the preeminent acting talents alive today. I always love to see old familiar characters portrayed in their golden years. How about an "Old" Dirty Harry? That would be awesome, and Clint Eastwood is just the right age and temperament!
Jul 11, 2014 7:06PM
I love Sherlock Holmes movies and TV Series. Doyle wrote a lot of Holmes and many things could be done. The ones that are terrible is Hollywood's version of Holmes. RD is great but should stay away from the Green Screen in Holmes Movies. They are dumb!!
Jul 11, 2014 6:38PM
She certainly is.  Hope Hollywood comes up with more Sherlock Holmes movies.   They can keep the trash for New York, Seattle, Miami and the like.
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