Sony Pictures has released the first trailer for director Ron Howard‘s Dan Brown adaptation Inferno. The film marks the third in the Robert Langdon franchise following 2006’s The Da Vinci Code and 2009’s Angels & Demons and finds Tom Hanks returning as the franchise’s hero, who wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia and must team up with Dr. Sienna Brooks (Felicity Jones) to try and recover his memories and stop a madman from unleashing a plague inspired by Dante’s Inferno.
The follow-up looks to be much more action-centric than the previous two films, with Howard seemingly donning his blockbuster cap for this mystery thriller. I do like the casting of Jones, but the previous two films felt like chores with the way the mysteries played out—with Hanks spouting exposition line after exposition line—so here’s hoping David Koepp‘s script this time around is a bit more dynamic.
While it’s indeed a bit odd that Sony is reviving this franchise now, seven years after Angels & Demons, the previous films did play extremely well internationally, with The Da Vinci Code alone earning $758 million worldwide. That’s a pretty staggering number, and Angels & Demons‘ $485 million is nothing to scoff at either, but it’ll be interesting to see if the audience remains all this time later.
Also starring Ben Foster, Omar Sy, and Irrfan Khan, Inferno is set to open in the U.S. on October 28th, though the film will see an international rollout starting October 12th.
Check out the first trailer for Inferno below:
Here’s the official synopsis:
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 foil a deadly global plot.