First Look: Tom Hanks in Ron Howard's Angels and Demons
Dan Brown's book The Da Vinci Code was a flat-out mega success. The 2006 movie adaptation, not so much (if you count what matters at least). While the film made more than $750 million worldwide, it holds an embarrassingly low 25% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Can we expect the same disparity from Brown's other novel, Angels and Demons, which is currently filming in Rome? That's a larger question I don't want to answer just yet. Instead, let's take our first look at star Tom Hanks and director Ron Howard on set, thanks to Trovacinema.it. Check out a few of our first on-set shots from Angels and Demons below.
The photos aren't exactly exciting. Hanks looks just as he did in 2006's The Da Vinci Code as symbologist Dr. Robert Langdon. The gal in a few of the shots is Ayelet Zurer who plays Vittoria Vetra, the daughter of a murdered CERN physicist. Her father's murder, carried out by the mysterious Illuminati, brings to light a conspiracy by the secret society to destroy the Vatican City using antimatter. Talk about a battle between science and religion - but that's exactly what makes this such a great book.
Noticeably absent from these photos is one of my favorite actors, Ewan McGregor. McGregor joins the Brown franchise as Camerlegno Carlo Ventresca, a papal aide that assists Langdon and Vetra in their search for the canister in which the antimatter is contained. Additionally, Italian actor Pierfrancesco Favino can be seen tagging alongside of Hanks. Favino plays the Vatican's Commander Olivetti, who helps Langdon in his search for the antimatter throughout Rome and the Vatican City.
Even though some of the topics and mysteries that Brown deftly weaves into his stories are truly fascinating, I have a feeling Angels and Demons will be just as drab as The Da Vinci Code. Akiva Goldsmith returns to helm the screenplay - a guy our friends over at Cinematical describe as one of their "least favorite working screenwriter[s]," responsible for "dull, leaden dialogue." And though Ron Howard is a great guy, his projects (Cinderella Man, The Missing) have a somewhat saturated blockbuster feel to them that are perfectly fine, but nothing I'm really excited about. Is anyone excited?