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Ian McKellen’s ‘Mr Holmes’ gets summer release date

Roadside Attractions has set a U.S. release date for ‘Mr. Holmes,’ a new addition to the Sherlock Holmes saga, starring Sir Ian McKellen in the titular role. The studio has confirmed that the film will debut in theaters across the nation starting on July 17, 2015.

A few trailers and early-teasers have been released for the highly-anticipated film, which was directed by Bill Condon. Joining Ian McKellen on-screen are co-stars Laura Linney and Milo Parker. Anne Carey, Iain Canning and Emile Sherman produced the film. if you missed the trailer that was released earlier this month, you can watch that below.

MR HOLMES is a unique addition to the standard ‘Sherlock Holmes’ film, offering a new twist for fans of the popular detective. The film is set in 1947, an the story follows an aging Sherlock Holmes after returning from 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.”

With his role has Gandalf finally wrapped up from the world-famous ‘Hobbit’ films, McKellen has quite a few projects in the works, all set to release over the next two-years. One of the more interesting projects outside of ‘Mr. Holmes’ is ‘The Dresser,’ a TV Movie that he is currently filming with Anthony Hopkins and Emily Watson. That drama is based on a popular play, about an ageing actor and his personal assistant. That film is set to release in the U.K. later this year.