Ron Howard, the American director of The Da Vinci Code (2006) and its sequel Angels and Demons (2009), who is also a screenwriter and actor, was in Florence, Italy, on October 16 for a visit in view of beginning to shoot Inferno, the movie based on Dan Brown‘s latest bestseller of the same title.
The cast of the Inferno movie should include American actor Tom Hanks, who will reprise the role of Robert Langdon, the Harvard symbologist and main character of Dan Brown’s series of bestselling books.
During the visit, Howard, who became popular in the 70’s / 80’s as Richie Cunningham, the lead character in the TV series Happy Days, surely visited some of the most significative places in Florence, such as the Uffizi Gallery, the Vasari Corridor, and the Boboli Gardens.
During his tour Howard was accompanied by the Toscana Film Commission, which is collaborating with the film production by finding locations and in the matter of relations with the institutions.
Howard met the Mayor of Florence, Dario Nardella, as documented in a photo gallery posted by Nardella on social networks.
Nardella showed him some of the most evocative rooms of Palazzo Vecchio, such as the Salone dei Cinquecento, built in 1494 by Simone del Pollaiolo after being commissioned by Savonarola in an attempt to give the city a more democratic government, and Quartieri monumentali, which are used today as part of the Mayor’s offices and reception rooms.
Shooting of the movie should begin in Italy as early as next spring, and the cast will likely also include Italian comic Roberto Benigni and other Italian actors such as Pierfrancesco Favino.
Although the release date was scheduled for December 18, 2015, Sony Pictures has decided to delay the movie release for ten months, bringing the new date to October 14, 2016.
This lengthy delay seems to be due to commitments previously made by director Ron Howard and lead actor Tom Hanks, namely, the shooting of Heart and Sea by the former, and production of a presently untitled movie directed by Steven Spielberg with respect to the latter.
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