Singapore. The Italian city of Florence, birthplace of Italian poet Dante Alighieri, will stage the world premiere of “Inferno,” the third film to be adapted from the Dan Brown novels about symbologist Robert Langdon.
“I’m happy to say it is in beautiful Florence in Italy,” Ron Howard, director of all the three previous films, told Reuters in Singapore on Tuesday (14/06), adding that the location was appropriate given that the city was the “centerpiece of the movie.”
The premiere will be on Oct. 8.
“Inferno” sets Harvard symbologist Langdon, played by Tom Hanks, on a manhunt as he races to stop a plot to control the world’s population by the unleashing of a deadly artificial plague.
The film is the latest in line from the blockbuster book and film franchise that began with Brown’s 2003 religious-themed mystery novel “The Da Vinci Code,” and sees Hanks reprising the role of the character he once described as “the smartest guy in the room.”
The movie’s name and many of the symbols examined by Langdon draw largely from the life and works of Alighieri, whose greatest literary achievement was the 14th-century “Divine Comedy” trilogy, the first of which is entitled “Inferno.” and describes nine circles of suffering in hell.
The film also stars British actress Felicity Jones and Indian actor Irrfan Khan, while Ben Foster plays the scientist who intends on releasing the virus to solve the world’s population increase.
Source: Jakarta Globe
Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones are trying to stop a worldwide plague in Sony’s intense new trailer for “Inferno,” based on author Dan Brown’s thriller of the same name.
The teaser opens with a man committing suicide off a tower after being told “It appears that you’re out of options,” followed by Hanks’ Robert Langdon character being summoned by the witness to the suicide. Clues lead him to drawings of Dante’s “Inferno” that have been changed.
“Dante defined our conception of hell 700 years ago, but these circles have been altered,” he declares. “‘Dante’s Inferno’ isn’t fiction — it’s a prophecy.”
It turns out that a madman is trying to wipe half the world’s population, and kill Langdon. Langdon, who suffers from amnesia, teams up with Sienna Brooks (Jones), a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories, as he fights for his life.
Ron Howard returns as helmer after directing Hanks in the franchise’s previous installments: “The Da Vinci Code” (2006) and “Angels & Demons” (2009).
Howard and Brian Grazer are producing. David Koepp wrote the script, as he did for “Angels & Demons.” The two previous installments, also adapted from Brown’s novels, grossed more than $1.2 billion at the worldwide box office.
“Inferno” opens on Oct. 14.
Josh Greenstein, president of worldwide marketing and distribution, said in a statement Thursday, “There is tremendous excitement for the franchise as evidenced by the overwhelmingly positive test response. Among all audiences, Inferno scores in the 90s in the top two boxes, and with the core audience of older women, it’s 100%. Once again, Ron Howard really delivered. This movie will be a huge global event.”
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