Sir Ian McKellen stars in "Mr. Holmes." Sir Ian McKellen stars in "Mr. Holmes." Sir Ian McKellen stars in "Mr. Holmes." (Photo: Miramax)

It's elementary! New Sherlock Holmes movie out this summer

Sir Ian McKellen plays the legendary sleuth.

Even though it's been 127 years since Arthur Conan Doyle first published a story about Sherlock Holmes, the character has been so fascinating that audiences eat up anything that has to do with Holmes in 2015. There are two television series and the popular movie series with Robert Downey Jr. playing a kick-tail version of the super-logical sleuth.

So it's not a surprise to see that the first official trailer for the summer release "Mr. Holmes," with Sir Ian McKellen ("Lord of the Rings," "X-Men" and countless other roles) playing a retired version of the detective in the 1940s, has gone viral. In the film, Holmes is befriended by a young boy who tries to help him figure out if he's got any of his mystery-solving ability left. The trailer has been all over the internet since it dropped on March 4, including more than 800,000 views on Facebook.

The movie is directed by Bill Condon, best known for "Dreamgirls," "Gods and Monsters" and both "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn" movies. One of its executive producers is Aviv Giladi, the Israeli-born CEO of media conglomerate Icon UK. He launched AI-FILM to produce high-end titles for the company, and their first production was 2013's highly acclaimed movie "Lee Daniels' The Butler."

Watch a clip from "Mr. Holmes" below. The movie is scheduled to come out this summer, exact date to be determined:


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