Last week, Sony Pictures debuted the first poster for Inferno, the third adaptation of Dan Brown’s blockbuster novel series starring Tom Hanks as Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon. Many assumed that the first trailer wouldn’t be too far behind, and they were right, with the studio debuting a brief trailer preview, which reveals the first full trailer will be released tomorrow, May 9. This preview gives us a new look at Tom Hanks’ Robert Langdon, who is presented with a terrifying scenario.
The trailer preview, courtesy of the movie’s Twitter page, reveals that Robert Langdon is faced with his biggest mystery yet, following 2006’s The Da Vinci Code and 2009’s Angels & Demons, which have both earned over $1.2 billion worldwide to date. The trailer preview reveals a mysterious voice stating that there is a switch that, when flipped, will kill half the world’s population right now. However, if this switch isn’t flipped, in 100 years, the entire human race would be extinct. Fans are encouraged to reveal what they would do on the movie’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.
The Inferno story centers on Langdon, as he wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, with no recollection of who he is, or how he got there. Felicity Jones stars as Dr. Sienna Brooks, who helps Langdon regain his memories as they both try to stop a nefarious madman from unleashing a global plague, which is tied into Dante Alighieri’s classic novel Inferno. The supporting cast is rounded out by Irrfan Khan as Harry Sims, a.k.a. The Provost, Omar Sy as Christoph Bruder and Sidse Babett Knudsen as Dr. Elizabeth Sinskey, the head of the World Health Organization. Ben Foster is playing the villain Bertrand Zobrist, a scientist trying to unleash a global plague that will solve the world’s problem with overpopulation. Sony Pictures has set an October 28 release date for Inferno, putting it up against Paramount’s Rings and an untitled horror film from Lionsgate.
Ron Howard is directing from an adapted screenplay by David Koepp, based on Dan Brown’s novel. Ron Howard is also producing alongside Brian Grazer, with Dan Brown, Anna Culp, Bill Connor, and David B. Householter serving as executive producers. It isn’t known if the filmmakers and Tom Hanks will team up to adapt Dan Brown’s third Robert Langdon novel, The Lost Symbol, which was originally in development after Angels & Demons, although the filmmakers decided to skip over that novel and make Inferno instead, based on the book of the same name that was published in 2013.
Both The Da Vinci Code ($758.2 million worldwide) and Angels & Demons ($485.9 million worldwide) were substantial hits at the box office, but we’ll have to wait and see if Tom Hanks and Ron Howard can make it three blockbusters in a row with Inferno. Take a look at this trailer preview below, and check back tomorrow for the first full trailer.
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