After the huge success of The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons, it seems now is the perfect time to re-ignite public interest in Dan Brown’s brand of conspiracy pulp fiction. With six years having passed since Tom Hanks last played worldly symbologist professor Robert Langdon, the next big screen adaptation – Inferno – is making waves once more.
The project was initially announced in June 2013 with Hanks and director Ron Howard attached. Since then, progress on the sequel slowed down until The Theory Of Everything‘s Felicity Jones boarded in December. Slated to play the love interest opposite Hanks, she’s now set to be joined be a trio of franchise newcomers.
Per The Wrap, Slumdog Millionaire‘s Irrfan Khan is locked in to play Harry Sims, aka The Provost, Jurassic World‘s Omar Sy will portray Christoph Bruder, and finally, The Duke Of Burgundy star Sidse Babett Knudsen will don the white coat to play Dr. Elizabeth Sinskey, the head of the World Health Organization. Combined, this solid trio has plenty of strong performance under their collective belt, making them excellent candidates for the roles. A sentiment Howard agrees with, as he announced his excitement in a recent press release:
“For this film, I wanted Tom Hanks to be surrounded by an international cast of actors whose energy will underscore Robert Langdon’s life-or-death peril, the high-stakes action he takes, and the global threat that he’s trying to prevent. Felicity, Irrfan, Omar, and Sidse have all broken through with recognition here in America as well as their home countries — they are phenomenal talents and we can’t wait to get started.”
Inferno will open in theaters on October 14th, 2016.
Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon awakens in an Italian hospital, disoriented and with no recollection of the past thirty-six hours, including the origin of the macabre object hidden in his belongings. With a relentless female assassin trailing them through Florence, he and his resourceful doctor, Sienna Brooks, are forced to flee. Embarking on a harrowing journey, they must unravel a series of codes, which are the work of a brilliant scientist whose obsession with the end of the world is matched only by his passion for one of the most influential masterpieces ever written, Dante Alighieri’s The Inferno.