Tom Hanks to return as Robert Langdon in film adaptation of Dan Brown’s ‘Inferno’

Ron Howard will direct again and Sony's given the film a release date of December 18, 2015

Tom Hanks is to return as Robert Langdon in the big screen adaptation of Dan Brown’s latest novel Inferno.

Hanks previously starred in the movie versions of Brown’s The Da Vinci Code and Angels And Demons, both of which were directed by Ron Howard. Howard (pictured below) will return to direct Hanks in Inferno.

Inferno, published this May (2013), is the fourth in Brown’s series of novels featuring Robert Langdon, a Harvard professor with a flair for historical investigation. Hanks had been expected to reprise the role in an adaptation of Brown’s third Langdon novel, The Lost Symbol, but after Howard dropped out as director, that project is “on the back burner”, Deadline reports.

Instead, the pair will push ahead with Inferno and Sony Pictures has already set a release date of December 18, 2015. The script will be written by David Koepp, who also adapted Angels And Demons for the screen.

Inferno is set in Italy and, according to the synopsis on Dan Brown’s official website, finds Langdon “drawn into a harrowing world centred on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces… Dante’s Inferno. The previous two movies based on Brown books have been big earners at the box office, with The Da Vinci Code grossing over $750 million (£500 million) in 2006 and Angels And Demons raking in around $485 million (£320 million) three years later.