It’s been 10 years since Tom Hanks first stepped into the role of Harvard University professor and world renown symbologist Robert Langdon, the hero at the center of The Da Vinci Code and its sequel, 2009’s Angels and Demons. Fans of the book series on which the films are based expected to see Hanks return to the role much sooner – indeed, Sony Pictures spent several years developing a film based on Dan Brown’s third Langdon novel before scrapping the project and optioning the characters’ most recent adventure, Inferno.
This time around, Langdon finds himself in Florence, recovering from a head wound that has left him with amnesia. Working with Dr. Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones) to recover his memories, Langdon must also try to solve a riddle linked to famed poet Dante Alighieri – whose Divine Comedy “defined our modern conception of Hell 700 years ago” – in order to prevent a devastating plague from being unleashed. Check out the first teaser for Inferno below.
The Da Vinci Code and its follow-up are far from the best globetrotting mystery/adventure films out there, but they’re also far from the worst – and with a combined worldwide gross of $1.2 billion, there’s plenty of reason to continue the franchise despite the seven-year gap since the last installment. The action-packed trailer also seems to indicate that Inferno will be faster-paced and more exciting than its predecessors, which should resonate a bit better with today’s moviegoing audiences.
After helming the original two films, director Ron Howard also returns for this sequel, which boasts a supporting cast that includes Ben Foster, Irrfan Khan, Omar Sy, and Sidse Babett Knudsen. Inferno will blaze into theaters on October 28.
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