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British actor Ian McKellen portrays a 93-year-old Sherlock Holmes.
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Actor McKellen shares pic as Sherlock, age 93

British actor Ian McKellen has revealed the first picture of himself playing a 93-year-old Sherlock Holmes in a new movie.

Filming has begun on “Mr. Holmes,” which imagines the famous sleuth in his old age as a retiree living in seclusion by the sea. The movie, based on Mitch Cullin’s novel “A Slight Trick of the Mind,” sees the detective struggling with a failing memory and revisiting one final unresolved mystery.

The 75-year-old McKellen tweeted a picture of himself in costume as Holmes this week, saying: “Over 70 actors have previously played Sherlock Holmes. Now he’s 93 years old and it’s my turn.”

Laura Linney, his co-star, plays Holmes’ housekeeper.

The film, directed by Bill Condon, is due for release next year.

Jay Z, Beyoncé star in HBO concert show

Beyoncé and Jay Z will co-star in an HBO concert special, and Queen Latifah will play legendary blues singer Bessie Smith in a movie for the network.

The music special will feature the married couple on their “On the Run Tour” performing in Paris. It will tape Sept. 12 and 13 at the Stade de France, featuring the superstars performing more than 40 songs, the network announced. It will air in September.

Starring Queen Latifah, “Bessie” is written and directed by filmmaker Dee Rees (“Pariah”). Currently in production in Atlanta, it co-stars Michael K. Williams, Khandi Alexander, Charles S. Dutton, Oliver Platt and Mo’Nique. It premieres in 2015.

HBO also said Mike Nichols will direct fellow Oscar winner Meryl Streep in “Master Class.” Drawing on the legendary master classes given by opera star Maria Callas, it is based on the Tony award-winning play of the same name by Terrence McNally, who will adapt his work for the screen.

The announcements were made Thursday at the summer TV critics’ tour.

With HBO’s freshman drama “True Detective” landing best-actor Emmy nominations on Thursday for both leads, Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey, this question was renewed: Who will star in the series’ second season, which is expected to feature an entirely new cast?

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