Inferno is the latest film based on the Robert Langdon book series created by author Dan Brown. Ron Howard returns to direct star Tom Hanks, whose long and successful career features only two franchises – Toy Story, and the Robert Langdon films. 2006’s The Da Vinci Code was no critically acclaimed master work, but the film did make a ton of money, leading to the 2009 follow-up Angels & Demons. Though that film made less money, this is still a billion dollar film franchise and we now have a new entry that pits Langdon against a villain bent on creating hell on earth.
The teaser trailer for Inferno promised to show audiences Langdon’s most dangerous investigation so far, combining the mystery angle with a world-ending threat. Now we have a new trailer that offers further hints at just what it is that Langdon must deal with – including evil plots, ancient clues and amnesia.
Here is the official synopsis for Inferno:
Academy Award® winner Ron Howard returns to direct the latest bestseller in Dan Brown’s (Da Vinci Code) billion-dollar Robert Langdon series, Inferno, which finds the famous symbologist (again played by Tom Hanks) on a trail of clues tied to the great Dante himself. When Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones), a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories. Together, they race across Europe and against the clock to stop a madman from unleashing a global virus that would wipe out half of the world’s population.
In addition to Hanks, who has thankfully toned down his hairstyle this time around, Inferno also stars Felicity Jones (Rogue One) as Dr. Sienna Brooks, a doctor who will help Langdon in his journey. Omar Sy (Jurassic World) will play Christoph Bruder, head of the SRS team both helping Langdon and holding him back. Ben Foster is onboard as Bertrand Zobrist, a transhumanist scientist, intent on solving the world’s overpopulation problem (which seems like a coded way of saying he’s the film’s villain). The film also stars Irrfan Khan, Sidse Babett Knudsen and Anu Ularu, giving it a notable international cast.
The Da Vinci Code may have earned a lot of money, but it was not a good film for the worst reasons – it was both silly and boring. Angels & Demons actually managed to surpass the first film in entertainment value, as despite being equally silly it was a lot more entertaining. Inferno may be something of a retreat for Howard, after failing to make bigger hits out of Rush (which is great) and In the Heart of the Sea (which is not so great), but ideally the Oscar-winning director will be able to make another enjoyable mystery-thriller. After all, there are many people out there who love the Dan Brown novels and cannot wait to see more cinematic adventures for their favorite symbologist.
Inferno arrives in theaters October 28th.