The revisionist stories of Sherlock Holmes never seem to end, whether it’s Guy Ritchie turning Holmes into a fast-talking British thug or Benedict Cumberbatch turning him into a modern day hero. This latest version however from Bill Condon (Dreamgirls, Kinsey) seems to take all that myth-making and bring the beloved character down to Earth.
Mr. Holmes stars Ian McKellen in the story of an aging Holmes returning to England after a long voyage and taking up an old, unsolved case. As he does, he hopes to write his own story and remove some of the legends that have been built up around him in the movies and in books. Here’s the official synopsis:
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.
Mr. Holmes also stars Laura Linney and will be released on July 17. Watch the trailer below, and check out the first trailer from back in March: