Sony and Columbia Pictures’ Inferno, the latest in the lucrative movie franchise based on the Dan Brown books that started with The Da Vinci Code, has added a trio of international stars to its cast: Omar Sy, star of the French hit The Intouchables who has already crossed over via X-Men: Days of Future Past and upcoming Jurassic World; Irrfan Khan, known in the U.S. for Slumdog Millionaire and Life Of Pi; and Sidse Babett Knudsen, star of the Danish TV series Borgen.
As we already told you, Tom Hanks returns as symbologist Robert Langdon and The Theory Of Everything Oscar nominee Felicity Jones will co-star as Dr. Sienna Brooks in Inferno, which Ron Howard is back to direct David Koepp’s script. Howard is also producing with Brian Grazer. Production starts at the end of April in Italy. The previous film installment of the Robert Langdon franchise, 2009’s Angels & Demons, based on the first book in the series, grossed $486 million worldwide. They skipped over the third book in Brown’s series, The Lost Symbol, to get to this one.
In Inferno, Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia and eventually teams with 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. Khan will play Harry Sims, also known as The Provost. Sy will play Christoph Bruder. Knudsen will portray Dr. Elizabeth Sinskey, head of the World Health Organization. More international castings are planned.
The pic has an October 14, 2016, release date.