the Oscar winner will next be reteaming with his Gods and Monsters star Ian McKellen for a film about a retired Sherlock Holmes called A Slight Trick of the Mind. The pic finds an aged Holmes attempting to solve one last mystery without his trusty Watson and his side and with his mental acuity slowly dwindling.
Steve recently spoke with Condon at the Toronto International Film Festival to support The Fifth Estate, and during the course of the conversation Condon spoke a bit about A Slight Trick of the Mind. He confirmed that they’re aiming for a late 2014 or early 2015 release and talked a bit about the film’s intriguing central premise. Hit the jump to read on.
ian-mckellen-a-slight-trick-of-the-mindThough the classic Arthur Conan Doyle character appears to be everywhere nowadays with a major film franchise and two TV series devoted to Holmes, Condon said that A Slight Trick of the Mind puts a fascinating twist on the character:
“It’s a great
who is Sherlock Holmes without his mental acuity? The thing that defines him is fading, is going away; what’s left? But he has enough of it—just [to reassure] Holmes fans—to figure out one final puzzle.”
Condon went on to praise Jeffrey Hatcher’s script and talked about reuniting with McKellen after all these years:
“It’s a beautiful script written by Jeffrey Hatcher and it’s a great part and I’ve been looking for something to do with Ian for the longest time, and he read it very quickly and said ‘It’s a part and a half,’ and he said he’d love to do it. So it wasn’t tough [to get him] at all, it was really exciting.”