Though Dan Brown only released the latest installment in his bestselling “Da Vinci Code” book series in May, Tom Hanks is attached to star in a film adaptation of “Inferno.”
Hanks will step back into the role of Robert Langdon for the first time since “Angels & Demons” in 2009. The third film in the franchise is set for a 2015 release, according to “The Huffington Post.”
Director Ron Howard is already busy trying to adapt “Inferno” for the big screen. Though Howard helmed the first two film adaptations of the series, he originally planned to sit the third installment out.
Instead, the mega-producer decided to bypass Sony’s plans to adapt Brown’s 2009 novel “The Lost Symbol” and is now the likely choice to direct “Inferno.”
Hanks is currently the only actor signed on for “Inferno,” which is being written by Emmy-winning screenwriter Danny Strong (“Game Change,” “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay”).
Though the sequel was not nearly as successful as 2006’s “The Da Vinci Code,” together the films have amassed well over $1 billion worldwide.
“Inferno” is expected to hit theaters on December 18, 2015.