Tom Hanks, Ron Howard Engulfed By 'Inferno'

Robert Langdon and his luscious locks are returning to the big screen.

Deadline reports Tom Hanks and Ron Howard are reuniting for an adaptation of Dan Brown's Inferno, the fourth Robert Langdon novel. Hanks and Howard previously collaborated on The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, and were once set to adapt The Lost Symbol, the third novel in Brown's series. Now, it appears they'll skip that adaptation and move straight to Inferno.

Released in May, Inferno takes place in Italy and sees Langdon investigating "a harrowing world centered on one of history's most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces … Dante's Inferno," according to the book's description. "Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante's dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust … before the world is irrevocably altered."

Sony has set a Dec. 18, 2015 release date.

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