Louvre up for starring role in 'Da Vinci Code' film

21st January 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Jan 21 (AFP) - The Louvre will likely be used for the film version of the best-selling US novel "The Da Vinci Code" which is to be made this year starring Tom Hanks, the director of the famous Paris museum, Henri Loyrette, said Friday.

PARIS, Jan 21 (AFP) - The Louvre will likely be used for the film version of the best-selling US novel "The Da Vinci Code" which is to be made this year starring Tom Hanks, the director of the famous Paris museum, Henri Loyrette, said Friday.

French officials were awaiting script details and storyboard images before giving final approval.

Loyrette said the Louvre rarely gave permission to film crews to use the actual museum as a set, despite many requests.

But, in the case of the "Da Vinci Code" movie, he said interior and exterior scenes would likely feature.

"That will be the case, I hope," he told journalists after a meeting between the producers and officials who manage Paris monuments.

The hugely successful book by US author Dan Brown starts with the murder of the Louvre's curator - the fictional counterpart of Loyrette - in the museum, setting the story's hero, an American art expert (played by Hanks in the film), on the trail of centuries-old mystery.

According to the French newspaper Le Parisien, filming is due to start in the French capital in June, and location scouting has already taken place in the Louvre's Grande Galerie and the room where the Mona Lisa painting - which also plays a key role - is kept.

The producers will have to use their technical skills to reproduce another Paris landmark central to the "Da Vinci Code" plot, however.

The newspaper quoted the Paris diocese as saying the Saint-Sulpice church in the chic Saint-Germain neighbourhood across the river from the Louvre "is not a branch of Hollywood" and would not be available for filming.

© AFP

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