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McKellen to take Sherlock role

Sir Ian McKellen is to play an ageing Sherlock Holmes in A Slight Trick Of The Mind.

The Lord Of The Rings star will be reunited with his Gods And Monsters filmmaker Bill Condon in the big-screen adaptation of Mitch Cullin's novel, said The Hollywood Reporter.

The film, which has been written by Jeffrey Hatcher, will tell the story of the long-retired British detective, who is still haunted by an unsolved case from 50 years ago.

But he is losing his memory, and without his sidekick Dr Watson to help, he can only remember fragments: a confrontation with an angry husband and a secret bond with his beautiful but unstable wife.

A Slight Trick Of The Mind is expected to start shooting in the UK in April 2014.

Producer Anne Carey said: "Mitch Cullin's elegiac novel is not so much about solving a mystery, as it is about accepting life's mysteries. I could not be more excited about the talent who have come together to make this film a reality."

Executive producer Aviv Giladi described Bill and Ian as "a perfect match for this clever and intriguing project".

The pair both worked together in the Oscar-winning Gods And Monsters in 1998, which the Twilight filmmaker wrote and directed.

Bill is at the Toronto International Film Festival for the world premiere of his new film, The Fifth Estate, about the rise and fall of Wikileaks and its founder Julian Assange, played by Benedict Cumberbatch.

Ian, who has reprised his role of Gandalf The Grey in Peter Jackson's Hobbit films, will also reprise his role of Erik Lehnsherr and Magneto in Bryan Singer's X-Men sequel, Days Of Future Past.

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