Story by: Jack Foley
TOM Hanks has nabbed the lead role in the film adaptation of
one of the most popular books of the moment - The Da Vinci Code.
The book, by Dan Brown, follows Harvard symbologist and conspiracy
unraveller, Professor Robert Langdon, as he is called to the scene
of a brutal murder at the Louvre, in Paris.
The victim is a curator, yet his death begins an investigation
into one of the most intriguing mysteries of all-time, in the
form of the legend of the Holy Grail and the true history of Jesus
Hanks will play the role of Professor Langdon, while Leon star,
Jean Reno, is being tipped for the role of Inspector Bezu Fache.
Assisting Hanks in his pursuit of
the truth will be female cryptologist, Sophie Neveu.
The film is being directed by Ron Howard, who has united with
Hanks in the past to instant success (Apollo 13, anyone?).
But it wasn't Hanks' box office pull that proved the biggest
factor in winning him the coveted role - more his ability to express
so much emotion without having to say a word.
As Howard told US magazine, Newsweek: "Tom is an exciting
actor to watch thinking. We probably don't need his status from
a box office standpoint but he gives Langdon instant legitimacy."
The Da Vinci Code represents Brown's follow-up to Langdon's first
novel, Angels & Demons, which also became a best-seller -
helping the author to become one of Hollywood's hottest properties.
Once work begins on filming, expect The Da Vinci Code to also
become one of its years hottest thrillers.