You’ve got to love the fact that Sherlock Holmes just isn’t going anywhere. Now, a new take on the subject with Mr. Holmes, starring Ian McKellan as the aging detective with one more case to work through.

Not quite the action-packed vehicle we’ve seen of late, but one that appears to be a little deceptive when it comes to how much is going on. At least, considering the trailer, which appears to show a Holmes with diminishing capacity, who does little more than tend to bees. Of course, that does actually describe the events of the film, to some degree, but there are hints that we’re in for something a lot more complicated, and if a movie is going to do the sleuth justice, we better be.

You can finally mark your calendars, as the film will hit July 17th, and be sure to catch the trailer below.

Mr. Holmes Movie Ian McKellan
Photo credit: Giles Keyte

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MR HOLMES is a new twist on the world’s most famous detective. 1947, an aging 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.

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