Felicity Jones is amongst the new casting additions of Ron Howard’s adaptation of Inferno. Based on the bestselling book by Dan Brown, the story centres on an amnesiac Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) as he tries to prevent a mad scientist attempting to unleash his Dante’s Inferno themed plague.
Felicity Jones is having a pretty good 2015, she’s up for an Academy Award for her phenomenal performance in A Theory of Everything and has recently booked a leading role in the first Star Wars spin-off. Should Jones win her Academy Award for best actress, she would buck the trend of Oscar recipients who make disastrous career decisions after winning. For Inferno, Felicity Jones will be playing Dr Sienna Brooks, who looks after Langdon when he wakes up in a hospital in Florence with no memory.
“Inferno continues the Harvard symbologist’s adventures on screen: when Robert Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Sienna Brooks, a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories and prevent a madman from releasing a global plague connected to Dante’s “Inferno.”
Inferno is the fourth Robert Langdon book by Dan Brown; The Lost Symbol was due to be the next story to be adapted with Brown being hired to rewrite the script for the film. Ongoing development issues caused The Lost Symbol to be put on the back burner for the time being. Back in 2006, The Da Vinci Code made a massive $758 million worldwide, three years on Angels and Demons didn’t come close to that and ended its run with $485 million. A seven-year gap between sequels isn’t usually the recipe for success, and both previous films aren’t exactly critical darlings.
Other new additions to the cast include Omar Sy (X-Men Days of Future Past), Irrfan Khan (Life of Pi) and Sidse Babett Knudsen (Borgen). Production is due to start in April and more casting announcements are expected in the coming weeks.
Inferno heats up in cinemas on October 14, 2016.