Hanks, Howard signed for 'Inferno' production

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US actor Tom Hanks, the face of Robert Langdon's cinematic exploits
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US actor Tom Hanks, the face of Robert Langdon's cinematic exploits

The third film based on Dan Brown's Robert Langdon series, "Inferno," is to start filming in Italy come April 2015, with Tom Hanks and Ron Howard both on board.

Ron Howard returns to direct, and Hanks is back as Robert Langdon, with much of the book's narrative taking place in Florence and Venice.

The old projected release date for "Inferno," December 2015, now appears highly unlikely, Howard having been involved with March 2015 maritime adaptation "In The Heart of the Sea," and Hanks with another film of literary origins, "A Hologram for the King," expected toward the end of 2015.

Assisting Howard as a fellow producer is business partner Brian Grazer ("A Beautiful Mind," "Get on Up"), reports Deadline.

Its predecessors cleared over $1bn at the box office, with "The Da Vinci Code" released in May 2006 ($758m worldwide) and "Angels & Demons" following in 2009 ($485m).

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