FILMING has begun on a new version of Sherlock Holmes, starring Sir Ian McKellen.
The film, called Mr Holmes, is based in 1947 and sees the sleuth living in seclusion by the sea with his housekeeper and her young son who help him attempt to solve his final case.
The story, based on the novel A Slight Trick of the Mind by Mitch Cullin, is directed by Bill Condon who worked with Sir Ian on Oscar-winning Gods and Monsters.
Sir Ian, who grew up in Wigan, said: “Sherlock Holmes at 93 is retired, still solving mysteries: but here’s the sting - he also keeps bees. So many splendid actors have already played the part but none of them had Bill Condon directing. I’m the lucky one: and I’m excited.”
The Lord of the Rings star posted a photo of himself as the detective to give fans a juicy treat of what is to come, saying: “Over 70 actors have previously played Sherlock Holmes. Now he’s 93 years old and it’s my turn. #MrHolmes.”
American actress Laura Linney will play Holmes’ housekeeper Mrs Munro in a cast that also includes Roger Allam, Phil Davis and Frances de la Tour. Holmes has been played in recent years by Benedict Cumberbatch, Robert Downey Jnr and Jonny Lee Miller.