Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks (Philadelphia, Forrest Gump Cast Away) will return for Inferno, the third installment of the Robert Langdon film series that began with The Da Vinci Code. Director Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind, Frost/Nixon) will also return, and again the cast and crew will shoot in Italy. Hanks plays protagonist Robert Langdon, a Harvard symbologist who wakes up one day in a Florence hospital without his memory. He quickly discovers he is wanted by assassins, police and CIA agents.
Inferno is based on Dan Brown’s fourth book in the series (published in 2013). Oddly Sony has so far skipped the third novel of the series, The Lost Symbol, which is set in Washington, DC. The Lost Symbol was a huge publishing success—on its first day the book sold one million copies in hardcover and e-book versions, making it the fasting selling adult novel in history. Inferno also made the New York Times Best Seller list, as all Dan Brown books do, but sold a mere 580,000 copies in its first two-weeks.