Hanks is cast in the lead role of the famed symbologist
Robert Langdon in the film adaptation of Dan Brown's best-selling
Da Vinci Code.
Da Vinci Code was directed by Ron
Howard from a screenplay by Akiva Goldsman, both of whom, along
with Grazer, took home Oscars for the drama A Beautiful Mind.
Production began in 2005 in United States and Europe.
- Da Vinci Code Cast -
Tom Hanks - Robert Langdon Jean Reno - Bezu Fache Audrey Tautou - Sophie Neveu Paul Bettany - Silas Ian McKellen - Sir Teabing Alfred Molina - Bishop Aragarosa
The Da Vinci
Code marks Hanks' third collaboration with Howard and Grazer, having
previously starred for Howard in the space drama Apollo 13
and in his star-making role in the comedy Splash.
McKellen (as Sir Teabing, who helps unlock the mysteries of
the keystone) and Audrey
Tautou (as Sophie Neveu, crytographer and granddaughter of the
murdered Louvre curator) are perfectly cast in their important supporting
roles say many fans of the original book.
McKellen, Tom Hanks &
screenwriter Akiva Goldsman
on location at Lincoln Cathedral.
location shooting took place at the Louvre Museum in Paris,
Chateau de Villette in Val-d'Oise, France, Rosslyn Chapel in Scotland,
at Lincoln Cathedral (standing in as Westminster Abbey), and at
Temple Chapel in London.
As if any doubt existed about the controversy
the film promised to cause on May 19, 2006, the Vatican almost ensured the movie's blockbuster
status by calling the faithful to boycott
of the film beforehand.
Dei later lost out following a refusal by director Ron Howard to attach a disclaimer to the film that stated in part that "any similarity with reality is purely coincidental".
The Da Vinci
Code was on nationwide best seller lists virtually non-stop
since it was released by Doubleday in 2003, including 87 weeks at
the top of the NY Times Bestseller list. Over 20 million copies
of the novel are in print worldwide and the book has been translated
into 42 different languages.