Tom Hanks and crew start filming 'Da Vinci Code'

30th June 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, June 30 (AFP) - Tom Hanks and the rest of the cast and crew of the upcoming movie 'The Da Vinci Code' have started filming in Paris and are to take over the Louvre museum -- a key location -- late Thursday, the producers said.

PARIS, June 30 (AFP) - Tom Hanks and the rest of the cast and crew of the upcoming movie 'The Da Vinci Code' have started filming in Paris and are to take over the Louvre museum -- a key location -- late Thursday, the producers said.

The USD 100 million (EUR 80 million) film version of the US novel penned by Dan Brown is due out in May next year.

It stars Hanks as its professorial hero Robert Langdon, who has to decipher a number of clues linked to historic works, including Leonardo Da Vinci's 'Mona Lisa' painting, to crack a centuries-old secret protected by a mysterious and deadly sect.

French actors Audrey Tautou of 'Amelie' fame and Jean Reno ('The Professional', 'Godzilla') also feature in the movie, which is directed by Ron Howard, the onetime TV actor who made 'Cocoon', the Oscar-winning 'A Beautiful Mind' and the upcoming 'Cinderella Man'.

The Columbia-Sony studio behind the production has refused French media access to the locations. Several books in France and in the United States have highlighted inconsistencies and challenged the author's claim that every description in his book was based on fact.

Filming began late Wednesday at the Ritz hotel in central Paris, according to Le Parisien newspaper.

It was to continue all night Thursday at the nearby Louvre, where the 'Mona Lisa' is kept, for the novel's opening scene in which the museum's fatally wounded director leaves a cryptic message for Langdon.

Hanks, Howard and their team will also be taking the camera to Britain for several location shoots, although officials there have refused to make Westminster Abbey available to recreate an important scene because the book's premise was considered theologically unsound.

Copyright AFP

Subject: French news

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