Tom Hanks stars in the Da Vinci Code
Lincolnshire's Da Vinci Code
The blockbuster film starring Tom Hanks, part filmed in Lincolnshire has opened. Lincoln Cathedral is one of the main locations for the filming of the controversial international best-selling book 'The Da Vinci Code' along with Burghley House.
Oscar-winner Tom Hanks plays Robert Langdon, who is trying to solve the murder of a member of an ancient society that has protected dark secrets for centuries. The tale mixes art history with mythology and symbols with medieval history.
'The Da Vinci Code' book, by Dan Brown caused a storm of controversy over its questioning of many of the key beliefs of Christianity. The Vatican even appointed an archbishop to debunk Brown's claims as the book became a global phenomenon, with sales of 20 million.
Tom on his way to filming in Lincoln
Part of the filming of this epic book was filmed at Lincoln Cathedral which was used as a double for Westminster Abbey in London. Officials from the Abbey refused to allow filming to take place inside, claiming that the book is "theologically unsound".
The film has been directed by Oscar winning director Ron Howard. On the attention the cast have received in Lincoln, the director said: "It's a fascinating story and it's not all that common that movies roll into town, so it's not that unusual to generate a little attention."
Regarding filming in Lincoln itself, the director continued: "It's beautiful, absolutely gorgeous and friendly."
Some of the cast and their characters:
last updated: 22/03/2008 at 15:05
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