Filming of the movie Inferno, which is based on the fourth novel by Dan Brown in the Langdon series, will start shooting in April in beautiful Florence, a city full of mystery that links various works of art with the pages of Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy, open for all to interpret.
The film will be directed by American Ron Howard, who has already directed The Da Vinci Code (2006) and its sequel Angels and Demons (2009). The script is by the American screenwriter and director David Koepp. Tom Hanks, once again donning the flowing locks of Robert Langdon, must attempt to foil a plot by a mad scientist obsessed with Dante’s vision of hell and who wishes to solve the world’s overpopulation problem by releasing a virus.
American distributors and producers of television and film Sony Pictures and Imagine Entertainment have confirmed an April start in Italy for Inferno. The release date in the USA was initially scheduled for December 18, 2015. However, Sony Pictures decided to delay the movie release by ten months, bringing the new date to October 14, 2016.
Ron Howard visited some of the most significative sites in Florence in October 2014, accompanied by the Toscana Film Commission, which is collaborating with the film production by finding appropriate shooting locations and in the matter of relations with the institutions
Originally, Ron Howard wasn’t interested in directing another Dan Brown novel in the Robert Langdon series and instead decided to stay on as a producer for the next film, with the studio developing the third novel in the series, The Lost Symbol. Mark Romanek was slated to be the director. However, when Brown released his novel Inferno, the studio put The Lost Symbol on hold for the foreseeable future, allegedly due to similarities in theme and story with the movie National Treasure (2004). The studio subsequently decided to adapt Brown’s fourth novel, with Howard this time electing to take the helm of the project as director and Hanks again reprising his role as Langdon.
Sony and Columbia Pictures has added a trio of international stars to the cast of Inferno, namely, Omar Sy, star of the French hit The Intouchables, who has already crossed over via X-Men: Days of Future Past and the upcoming film Jurassic World; Irrfan Khan, known in the U.S. for Slumdog Millionaire and Life Of Pi; and Sidse Babett Knudsen, star of the Danish TV series Borgen.
In the latest Dan Brown adaptation, Tom Hanks will be joined by Felicity Jones as Dr. Sienna Brooks for his next romp through ancient symbols and contemporary evil. Jones is confirmed for this role following talks that took place last year. It is the second blockbuster role that she has signed up for in recent weeks, following the announcement that she will be starring in a Star Wars spinoff film. She was one of the big Brit contenders at this year’s Academy awards, having been nominated as Best Actress for her role as Jane Hawking in The Theory of Everything.