Ian McKellen to play an aged Sherlock Holmes

Ian McKellenYou know those things you never knew you wanted until you heard they were happening? Ian McKellen playing Sherlock Holmes is definitely one of those.

He’ll play a retired Holmes, who 50 years on is still trying to crack an unsolved case in A Slight Trick of the Mind, based on the book of the same name. The film is set in 1947, and will reunite McKellen with his Gods and Monsters director, Bill Condon.

Filming isn’t due to begin until April 2014. So we’ve got a bit of a wait ahead of us.