Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Future Of Film
The 100 Greatest Video Games
Robin Williams: The Big Interview
Kevin Feige:
My Movie Life

The Marvel supremo's pick of the flicks
4Music's Size Does Matter
Introducing your new favourite app
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
YESTERDAY
Tom Hiddleston's Off To Skull Island
Jordan Vogt-Roberts to direct the King Kong origin tale
Chris Hemsworth Says I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive
Producing and starring in a film about Hank Williams' doctor
James D'Arcy Recruited for Agent Carter
He'll be Edwin Jarvis, Howard Stark's butler
Into The Woods Poster Stalks Online
Be careful what you wish for
Ben Kingsley Joins Brooklyn Bridge
Brie Larson also on for new Daniel Radcliffe drama
Ciaran Hinds Will Bleed For This
He's joining Miles Teller in a boxing biopic
Margaret Qualley Finds The Nice Guys
Leftovers actress joins Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe
Cara Delevingne Moves To Paper Towns
She'll star opposite Nat Wolff
Gillian Jacobs Set For Love
Judd Apatow and Lesley Arfin create a Netflix comedy
Empire's Epic Interstellar Subscribers' Cover
The countdown begins to Christopher Nolan's sci-fi spectacular
Lee Child Talks The Next Reacher Movie
Exclusive - And he reveals the title of Reacher 20!
See The World Exclusive New Interstellar Poster
We unveil the US one-sheet for Christopher Nolan's latest
Matt Damon And Paul Greengrass Reportedly Back For More Bourne
Call it The Bourne Reunion, perhaps.
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
15 September 2014
New Banner Art For The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies
Bilbo and the rest fight the forces of evil
More Movie News

RELATED FUTURE FILMS
The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies
12 December 2014
More Future Films

RELATED REVIEWS
X-Men: Days Of Future Past (2014)
Empire Star Rating
X-Men: Days Of Future Past (2014)
Empire Star Rating
The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013)
Empire Star Rating
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
Empire Star Rating
The Golden Compass (2007)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Exclusive: Ian McKellen On Playing Sherlock Holmes
'I am not going anywhere near any bees, I’ll tell you that now.'

31 October 2013  |  Written by Ali Plumb  |  Source: Exclusive

submit to reddit

sherlock ian mckellen

Back in early September, it was announced that Magneto / Gandalf himself, Ian McKellen, would be playing an elderly Sherlock Holmes in Bill Condon's adaptation of novelist Mitch Cullin's A Slight Trick Of The Mind. Speaking to McKellen for this month's issue of Empire about working on The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, we also took the time ask him about the project.

"It’s a charming book. That’s going to be my next job, when I’m finished on Broadway [where he's acting alongside Patrick Stewart in both No Man's Land and Waiting For Godot] and I’m back with Bill Condon again, who I did Gods And Monsters with, and I’ll be filming in London, which will be wonderful."

"I’ve never had ambitions to play Sherlock Holmes, but this is Sherlock in a very particular place… he’s nearly 100 years old, and in retirement, and it’s more about being a beekeeper than it is being a detective."

This this mean we'll get to see you in a beekeepers outfit?

"You certainly will! There will be plenty of nets too, because I am not going anywhere near any bees, I’ll tell you that now. I have a healthy respect for bees. I love their honey, but that’s about it."

There’s a younger version of Sherlock within the narrative… have there been any discussions as to how to tackle that?

"Oh, is there? Ah well, you never know… sometimes they call in Michael Fassbender to be me as a young man, and sometimes they put Patrick Stewart and me through the mangle of film technology and out we come looking 20 years younger, so who knows what will happen? Then again, it’s not an expensive movie, so there probably won’t be too much CGI…"

Are you up to date with Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock?

"Of course, of course! I wanted to look at this Martin Freeman chap as Doctor Watson. I’ve met Benedict a couple of times. I knew his father, Timothy Carlton, when we were both quite young, and I remember him telling me that his real name was Cumberbatch. ‘But of course I had to change it because you could never be successful with a surname like that.'"

Mitch Cullin's award-winning novel sees Holmes as a 93-year-old man bumbling - pun intended - around his apiary in rural Sussex, tending to his bee colony with his housekeeper's young son. Watson has long since passed away, though he appears in rememberances of time past, as does his spymaster brother Mycroft.

A key part of the book sees The World's Greatest Detective - take that, Batman - telling the story of a mystery he solved on his own, way back at the turn of the century when he was in his sprightly 50s. Whether that version of Sherlock will be played by McKellen himself or Fassbender as suggested, remains to be seen - and considering part of the story is set in Japan, keeping the shoot to just London may prove difficult.

The production for A Slight Trick Of The Mind kicks off in London next April. The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug is out in the UK on December 11 (and it's on the cover of the new issue of Empire, out today)


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Dustin Hoffman Joins The Boychoir
With Alfred Molina and Kathy Bates
Disney Re-Scales Pete's Dragon
UPDATE: David Lowery in talks to direct his script

Your Comments

What a charmer!
Bloody entertaining on or off screen. More

Posted by partybee at 14:22 on 31 October 2013 | Report This Post

SPECIAL FEATURE
The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time EMPIRE READERS' POLL: THE 301 GREATEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME
You turned out in your hundreds and thousands, and here are the results... Browse the full list


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
The Future Of Film: There Will Be Another Indie Golden Age
Independent producers are growing from micro-budgets to something a lot bigger

Empire's Epic Interstellar Subscribers' Cover
The countdown begins to Christopher Nolan's sci-fi masterpiece

The Future Of Film: Your Favourite Movie WIll Be Crowdfunded
Click here to donate

The Empire Podcast #128: Interviews With Sir Roger Moore And George MacKay
Plus we say goodbye to Richard Kiel and the British Expendables are assembled...

Shut Up, World! Gary Busey Is Talking!
Strap yourselves in and meet a true Hollywood original.

Classic Feature: Gods Among Us - Paul Newman
A cat so cool he makes Steve McQueen look geeky.

The Boxtrolls Interviews: The Cast And Crew On Laika's Latest
Sir Ben Kingsley, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Elle Fanning and more talk stop-motion

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 6 Issues Of Empire For Only £15!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 6 issues of Empire for just £15!
Get the world's greatest movie magazine delivered straight to your door! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)