How does Mr. Holmes differ from other Sherlock Holmes adaptations (Sherlock, Elementary, the Guy Ritchie movies)? Directed by Bill Condon and set in 1947, Mr. Holmes stars Ian McKellen as a 93-year-old Sherlock Holmes (McKellen is 75 in real life) who’s been long-retired and taken to beekeeping — not unlike Jonny Lee Miller’s Holmes in Elementary.
But just when he thought he was out… an unsolved case pulls him back in…
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, Milo Parker, Hattie Morahan, Hiroyuki Sanada, Colin Starkey, and Philip Davis. It premiered last month at the Berlin Film Festival and currently sits at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Mr. Holmes opens in U.K. theaters on June 19, 2015. A U.S. release date has not been announced.