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Three time Academy Award nominee Laura Linney (Kinsey, You Can Count on Me, The Savages) will re-unite with director Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters, Kinsey) for A Slight Trick of the Mind.  This will be the fourth collaboration between Condon and Linney.  Linney previously starred in Kinsey and subsequently worked with the director on the pilot episode of The Big C, which Condon directed and executive produced. She most recently appeared in Condon’s The Fifth Estate. In A Slight Trick of the Mind, Linney will play Mrs. Munro, the housekeeper to Sherlock Holmes, played by Ian McKellen.


Bill Condon said, “Working with Laura Linney has been one of the great joys of my career.  I’m so grateful we’ll be adding another chapter to the story.”


Producer Anne Carey said, “We are all thrilled that Laura Linney has come aboard to play Mrs. Munro in A Slight Trick of the Mind. A better counterpoint to Ian McKellen’s Sherlock Holmes is inconceivable.”


Also joining the cast is Hattie Morahan.  Morahan can currently be seen starring in PBS’ Bletchley Circle and she has received rave reviews and an Olivier Award nomination for her portrayal of ‘Nora’ in A Doll’s House, which premiered at The Young Vic and recently concluded its U.S. premiere run at B.A.M in Brooklyn, NY.


A Slight Trick of the Mind is a new twist on the world’s most famous detective.  In 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 Sussex 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.

Based on the novel by Mitch Cullin, A Slight Trick of the Mind has been adapted for the screen by Jeffrey Hatcher, whose credits include The Duchess, Casanova and Stage Beauty.


Filming takes place this summer in the UK.  The film will be produced by Anne Carey, producer of Anton Corbijn’s The American, through her new venture Archer Gray Productions.  See-Saw Films, producers of the Oscar®-winning British feature The King’s Speech directed by Tom Hooper; with Aviv Giladi, CEO of Icon/AI Film, and Len Blavatnik exec producing.  Christine Langan, Head of BBC Films, is an exec producer on behalf of BBC Films, who are also co-financing.  Amy Nauiokas is exec producing for Archer Gray.


FilmNation Entertainment is handling international sales.


Writer/director Condon, nominated by the Directors’ Guild of America for directing the critically acclaimed Dreamgirls which received two Academy Awards® and eight nominations.  He won an Oscar® for Best Adapted Screenplay for Gods and Monsters, which he also directed and which starred Ian McKellen.  His most recent film The Fifth Estate dramatized the rise of Wikileaks, with its founder Julian Assange, played by Benedict Cumberbatch.  Condon’s credits also include writing the Oscar® nominated screenplay for the best picture winner Chicago, writing and directing Kinsey for which he won the Directors’ Guild of Great Britain Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement, and directing The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 and 2, the final installments in the worldwide blockbuster franchise.


Laura Linney is represented by ICM Partners and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.


Hattie Morahan is represented In the US by ICM Partners and Authentic Talent Management



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