Oscar nominee Felicity Jones and Indian star Irrfan Khan have been cast alongside Tom Hanks in the upcoming film adaptation of Dan Brown’s Inferno (Corgi).
Jones, currently nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in “The Theory of Everything”, will star as Dr Sienna Brooks, while Khan, best known for his roles in “Slumdog Millionaire” and “Life of Pi”, will take on the role of Harry Sims, also known as The Provost.
French actor Omar Sy, who has appeared in French film “The Intouchables”, as well as “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and the upcoming “Jurassic World” will play Christoph Bruder and Sidse Babett Knudsen, star of the Danish television series “Borgen”, will portray Dr Elizabeth Sinskey, the head of the World Health Organization.
“Inferno” is based on the fourth book in the Robert Langdon series, following the Harvard symbologist after he wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia and teams up with Dr Sienna Brooks to recover his memories and prevent a madman from releasing a global plague connected to Dante’s Inferno.
The film will be directed by Ron Howard, who directed the first two films in the series, “The Da Vinci Code” and “Angels and Demons”, which have grossed more than $1.2bn worldwide to date.
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.”
Michael De Luca and Andrea Giannetti will oversee the project for Columbia Pictures. David Koepp is writing the screenplay and Dan Brown is on board as an executive producer.
The film will begin principal photography at the end of April and is slated for release on 14th October 2016.
Inferno has sold 1,024,884 copies through Nielsen BookScan since its publication in May 2013.