Following the acclaimed movie adaptations of author Dan Brown's previous novels The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons, plans to make the third and final installment of the series, Inferno, into a movie are well under way.
We know from their previous efforts that the director and his production staff will do a good job while still staying faithful to the books, but the question on everyone's lips is: will Tom Hanks return to play the part of Robert Langdon?
Would it even work without him, given that his face is now so inextricably linked with the character?
Tom Hanks to return?
The good news is that most major media sources have quoted the movie's director, Ron Howard, speaking about the role Hanks might play, so it seems pretty nailed on. Howard said,
"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."
In the same interview, he confirmed that Oscar nominee Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything) will co-star, alongside Irrfan Khan (Life of Pi), Omar Sy (X-Men: Days of Future Past), and Sidse Babett Knudsen (Borgen)
"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."
The franchise has so far enjoyed great success: the first in the series, The Da Vinci Code, grossed more than $750 million at the global box office. The follow-up, prequel Angels & Demons took close to $500 million worldwide.
In Inferno, the storyline follows Langdon as he battles to save the world from an imminent plague linked to a madman scientist, renaissance art, and Dante’s classic poem 'Inferno.'
Inferno is set for release October 14, 2016.