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After directing Ian McKellen to an Oscar nomination for the acclaimed biopic “Gods and Monsters,” writer-director Bill Condon has reunited with the thespian for “Mr. Holmes,” the latest reimagining of Hollywood’s favorite fictitious detective.
As the film’s official synopsis reads, “‘Mr. Holmes’ is a new twist on the world’s most famous detective. In 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.”
The film’s newly-released debut trailer (posted above) provides our first look at McKellen in the role, and he seems to be bringing his characteristic mix of caustic humor and quiet melancholy to the part. As for Condon’s contributions, this glimpse of “Mr. Holmes” showcases a lush countryside landscape and a smooth blend of gentle comedy and emotional drama.
Watch the trailer above. “Mr. Holmes” hits theaters on July 17.