Mr. Holmes — U.S. Trailer


added: Tue, May 5th '15

The pressures of living up to an exceptional reputation as the world's greatest detective can be a tiresome chore. Even more so, if it's a reputation that has been exaggerated over the years.

In the new U.S. trailer for the upcoming 1947-set drama "Mr. Holmes," Sir Ian McKellen plays legendary detective Sherlock Holmes who finds retirement a bit taxing after his name and reputation have fairly been embellished by his former partner, Dr. Watson. Their old detective cases are now the subject of Hollywood movies and tall tales that include a deerstalker hat and curved pipe (none of which are factual).

But Mr. Holmes, now 93 with a touch of memory loss and living on a small, picturesque farm with a caretaker (Laura Linney) and her young Sherlock-fanboy son (Milo Parker), just wants to quietly fade into obscurity. Although, Sherlock has made it his mission to "get it right" before he dies. That includes writing a memoir and taking one last shot at solving his greatest mystery: an unsolved missing-person case that pushed him into retirement thirty years prior.

The film, based on American author Mitch Cullin's 2005 novel "A Slight Trick of the Mind," marks the first time McKellen has worked with director Bill Condon since 1998's "Gods and Monsters," in which McKellen nabbed his first ever Oscar nomination. Could their second collaboration be the movie that finally gives McKellen an Oscar win?

"Mr. Holmes" opens July 17.

MR. HOLMES is a new twist on the world's most famous detective. 1947, an aging Sherlock Holmes returns from a journey to Japan, where, in search of a rare plant with powerful restorative qualities, he has witnessed the devastation of nuclear warfare. Now, in his remote seaside farmhouse, Holmes faces the end of his days tending to his bees, with only the company of his housekeeper and her young son, Roger. Grappling with the diminishing powers of his mind, Holmes comes to rely upon the boy as he revisits the circumstances of the unsolved case that forced him into retirement, and searches for answers to the mysteries of life and love ... before it's too late.


directed by   Bill Condon

starring   Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, Hiroyuki Sanada, Milo Parker, Roger Allam, Nicholas Rowe, Frances de la Tour

release date   July 17, 2015

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