Audiences have seen the story of iconic detective Sherlock Holmes told many times on both the small and the silver screen. But as Entertainment One released its first full-length trailer for Mr. Holmes starring Ian McKellen this morning, an alternative version of events awaits audiences.
Accompanied with the tagline "the man behind the myth", this re-imagining of Sherlock Holmes aims to set the record straight regarding the life and times of Conan Doyle's classic detective.
Based on the 2005 novel, A Slight Trick of the Mind written by Mitch Cullin, the drama centres on a much older, retired Holmes, living in a secluded Sussex farmhouse. He spends his time reminiscing about his working life to his housekeeper's eager son, himself an aspiring detective.
Looking back, Holmes fondly scoffs at how he was made into a celebrity crime solver, often misconstrued in stories penned by his old partner John Watson, and has a laugh at how different the public's perception of him is from the real thing.
Still troubled by his last unsolved case, Holmes revisits fragmented memories of a mystery involving a young woman whose husband searched out his help; the man's wife appeared unstable and "changed".
Mr. Holmes is directed by Bill Condon, the man behind both Breaking Dawn instalments in the Twilight saga as well as Dreamgirls, and stars Laura Linney (who surprisingly doesn't feature in the longer trailer but does in the teaser). It also features Frances de la Tour, and newcomer Milo Parker as Holmes's apprentice, Roger Munro.
Mr. Holmes will be released in the UK on 19 June 2015.