7 May 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

When director Bill Condon asked Laura Linney to star in his new film A Slight Trick of the Mind — starring Ian McKellen as an aging Sherlock Holmes — he hadn’t a clue that he was tapping into Linney’s childhood fantasies.

Linney, 50, who will play Holmes’ housekeeper Mrs. Munro, is no casual devotee of Arthur Conan Doyle’s series of novels about the acerbic detective. Rather, she is a devoted, senior thesis-writing, sweatshirt-wearing Sherlock geek.

“I was obsessed with Sherlock Holmes as a young kid,” says Linney, who will begin shooting the film in London and Sussex, England, in July »


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