5 years ago

‘Mr Holmes’ starts principal photography at 3 Mills Studios

Mr Holmes (formerly A Slight Trick of the Mind) has commenced principal photography and will shoot at 3 Mills Studios, as well as filming on location in London and the South Coast of England.

Mr Holmes is directed by Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters, Kinsey) and stars Ian McKellen (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Gods and Monsters) and Laura Linney (Kinsey, You Can Count on Me, The Savages) as Sherlock Holmes and his housekeeper Mrs. Munro.  Also joining the cast are Hattie Morahan (The Golden Compass, The Bank Job), Patrick Kennedy (War Horse, Atonement), Hiroyuki Sanada (The Wolverine, 47 Ronin),  Roger Allam (Tamara Drewe, The Book Thief), Phil Davis (Vera Drake, Notes on a Scandal), Frances de la Tour (The History Boys, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) and Milo Parker (Ghosthunters: On Icy Trails) who plays Mrs Munro’s son.

Mr Holmes is a new twist on the world’s most famous detective. 1947, an ageing 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.

Based on the novel A Slight Trick of the Mind by Mitch Cullin, Mr Holmes has been adapted for the screen by Jeffrey Hatcher, whose credits include The Duchess, Casanova and Stage Beauty.

Ian McKellen said, “Sherlock Holmes at 93 is retired, still solving mysteries: but here’s the sting – he also keeps bees. So many splendid actors have already played the part but none of them had Bill Condon directing. I’m the lucky one: and I’m excited.”