Tom Hanks as Professor Robert Langdon
Hanks is back wearing Langdon's trademark Mickey Mouse watch for the third time, in what is sure to be a pretty lucrative pay cheque for the mega-star. Back in 2009, his agents successfully negotiated a salary of over $50 million for Hanks to reprise the iconic role in Angels & Demons, the sequel to the wildly successful The Da Vinci Code. At the time, his salary was the biggest ever paid to an actor in the history of Hollywood.
Hanks has knocked it out of the park in Langdon's last two outings, so it's no surprise the producers at Sony begged him to return. The Da Vinci Code smashed the box office, taking in over $758 million, off a production budget of only $125 million. Angels & Demons didn't fair as well, but still made Sony an enormous profit, generating close to $486 million in ticket sales.
Felicity Jones as Dr. Sienna Brooks
Jones recently starred in The Theory of Everything and received widespread critical acclaim for portraying Jane Hawking, wife of Stephen Hawking. So good was her performance that Jane Hawking herself was astounded and actually thought the character on screen was her. Off the back of this, Jones was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress, but lost out to Julianne Moore.
Jones has been circling the A-list waters for some time now and it seems she's finally clawed her way to the top, and deservedly so. She's the perfect choice to play the brainy and feisty Sienna Brooks. You'll see Jones in a host of big blockbusters over the next few years, including an upcoming Star Wars movie.
Irfan Khan as Harry Sims (The Provost)
Khan has been a prominent and highly regarded Indian actor for decades. He broke into Hollywood mainstream in 2012 when he starred in Life of Pi and The Amazing Spider-Man. His presence in Inferno virtually guarantees box office gold in India.
Khan is mostly known for portraying complex and mysterious characters who have multiple layers, so it's no surprise Sony cast him as The Provost, the head of a shadowy group and Langdon's main antagonist for most of Inferno.
Khan seems to be on fire at the moment. You'll next see him battling it out against dinosaurs alongside Chris Pratt in Jurassic World, which also stars Omar Sy (below).
Omar Sy as Christoph Bruder
Sy is an incredible French actor who made a name for himself in the award-winning 2011 comedy-drama The Intouchables, in which he portrayed the lovable Driss. After receiving widespread critical acclaim for this role, he's been a hot property in Hollywood.
Sy lights up the screen with charisma, charm and personality, making him the perfect addition to a serious movie like Inferno. Like Khan, you'll next see Sy starring in Jurassic World.
Sidse Babett Knudsen as Dr. Elizabeth Sinskey
To round out this very multi-cultural and diverse cast, we've got Knudsen playing the Director of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Sinskey. She is widely regarded as one of the top Danish actresses of her generation and will certainly give the role of Sinskey the gravitas it deserves.
While there is no denying Knudsen is a superstar, she's still a relatively unknown entity in Hollywood. Inferno represents a platform she'll be using to propel herself into the spotlight and edge closer to A-list status, so expect her to give an absolutely knock-out performance.
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