Thank you sirs, may we have another? It’s been 26 years since the release of Without a Clue, the Sherlock Holmes spoof that first united British screen icons Ben Kingsley and Michael Caine. At long last the two reunite in Stonehearst Asylum, an upcoming dramatic thriller based on Edgar Allan Poe’s short story The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether (the film was originally titled Eliza Graves).
Jim Sturgess (Across the Universe) takes the lead as Edward Newgate, a med school grad who accepts an unenviable new position at the titular mental institution in mid-19th century France (you know, when treatment of the mentally ill wasn’t exactly an evolved practice). He finds romance with a patient, Eliza (played by Kate Beckinsale and likely named after Poe’s mother), but all sorts of less delightful surprises, too, in the asylum’s dark underbelly.
It’s familiar territory for Sir Ben, who we last saw in diagnosis mode in the 2010 mind bender Shutter Island. And while the exclusive trailer offers only glimpses of him in the same frame with Sir Michael (who plays the asylum’s imprisoned former superintendent), you’d be mad to think these titans won’t eventually clash.
Stonehearst Asylum hits theaters and video-on-demand Oct. 24.