The Theory of Everything’s Felicity Jones and Slumdog Millionaire’s Irrfan Khan have been cast alongside Tom Hanks in Columbia Pictures’ adaptation of Dan Brown’s Inferno.
The film will begin principal photography at the end of April and is slated for release on October 14, 2016.
Director/producer Ron Howard and producer Brian Grazer will oversee the film alongside executive producers Dan Brown, Anna Culp, Bill Connor, and David Householter.
When Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Sienna Brooks, a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories and prevent a madman from releasing a global plague connected to Dante’s “Inferno.”
French actor Omar Sy, best known for his work in the French mega-hit The Intouchables, will play Christoph Bruder, while Sidse Babett Knudsen, star of the Danish television series “Borgen,” will portray Dr. Elizabeth Sinskey, the head of the World Health Organization.
Producers say they’re also in talks with several other internationally recognised actors for major roles.
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.
“Felicity, Irrfan, Omar, and Sidse have all broken through with recognition here in America as well as their home countries – they are phenomenal talents and we can’t wait to get started.”
“We’re thrilled to be making a third Robert Langdon film with Ron, Tom and Brian,” said Doug Belgrad, president, Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group.
“Inferno will deliver all of the excitement, intrigue and international adventure that audiences expect from a film based on Dan Brown’s huge selling Langdon book series. We can’t wait to see this character back on the big screen.”