Tom Hanks' 'Inferno' Adds Omar Sy, Irrfan Khan
Felicity Jones will co-star in Ron Howard's third Robert Langdon adventure.
Irrfan Khan and Omar Sy will join Tom Hanks in Columbia's Inferno.
Ron Howard returns to direct the follow-up to The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons. The adaptations of Dan Brown's best-selling novels feature Hanks in the role of Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon.
Inferno opens with Langdon in an Italian hospital with amnesia. He teams up with doctor Sienna Brooks (The Theory of Everything's Felicity Jones) in hopes of recovering his memories and preventing a madman from unleashing a global epidemic connected to Dante’s Inferno.
Sidse Babett Knudsen, who stars in the Danish series Borgen, has joined the cast with Sy and Khan and will play the director of the World Health Organization. Khan will portray the Provost, the head of a shadowy group that becomes involved with Langdon, while Sy will play the leader of a disease prevention team.
David Koepp (Angels & Demons, Mission: Impossible) wrote the script.
Imagine Entertainment's Howard and Brian Grazer will produce. Principal photography will begin in April. Brown, Anna Culp, Bill Connor and David Householter will executive produce.
Michael De Luca and Andrea Giannetti will oversee the project for Columbia, which will release the thriller on Oct. 14, 2016. The company teamed with Imagine on Da Vinci Code, which grossed $758 million in 2006, and Angels & Demons, which grossed $486 million in 2009.
Sy is a French actor who broke through with the Golden Globe-nominated The Intouchables in 2012. Since, he's appeared in X-Men: Days of Future Past and the James Franco-Kate Hudson thriller Good People. He's landed roles in some of the year's most anticipated projects, including Jurassic World and John Wells' chef movie.
He's repped by Gersh. Sy is with CAA, France's Agence Adequat and Ziffren Brittenham.