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The Da Vinci Code - Sir Ian McKellen signs on



Story by: Jack Foley

SIR Ian McKellen and Alfred Molina have joined the cast of The Da Vinci Code, according to latest reports.

The British duo are the latest recruits to an already impressive line of talent for the film adaptation of Dan Brown's best-selling novel, with Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou and Jean Reno already confirmed to appear.

According to Variety, Sir Ian will play aristocrat, Sir Leigh Teabing, while Spider-Man 2 villain, Molina, will play Bishop Aringarosa, the head of the Opus Dei sect.

The Da Vinci Code will be directed by Ron Howard, who made Apollo 13 and A Beautiful Mind, and filming is due to begin later this year.

The thriller is already one of the most anticipated films of next year, given the notoriety surrounding the book, which involves a conspiracy surrounding the true nature of The Holy Grail.

Hanks will take on the lead role of Dr Robert Langdon, the primary investigator, while Tautou will play his partner, Sophie Neveu.

The book has already sold more than 17 million copies world-wide and is expected to sell even more as interest heightens around the movie.

It has already spawned numerous spin-offs relating to some of the locations featured in the book, while the Catholic Church, itself, has been keen to undermine some of its claims.

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