One of the hot buttons of the upcoming film year is whether or not the great Ian McKellen will land a long overdue Oscar for his performance in Bill Condon’s “Mr. Holmes.” McKellen and Condon collaborated on “Gods and Monsters” in 1998, for which McKellen was nominated for Best Actor and Condon won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. The late Lynn Redgrave was also nominated for Best Supporting Actress.
It looks as though distributor Roadside Attractions will place the film firmly in July in order to build momentum before the big film festival season kicks off.
Read the synopsis down below and watch a clip from the film titled “Motive.”
“Mr. Holmes” opens in theaters on July 17. What do you think of McKellen’s Oscar chances?
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.
Distributor: Roadside Attractions and Miramax
Cast: Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, Milo Parker
Director: Bill Condon
Producers: Anne Carey, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman
Running Time: 105 Minutes
Release Date: July 17, 2015