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Monday 15th August, 2005.
Da Vinci Code stars in Lincoln
Hollywood legend Tom Hanks stars in the film.

A multi-million-pound Hollywood film starring Tom Hanks has been part filmed in Lincoln.

Lincoln Cathedral is one of the main locations for this summer's filming of the controversial international best-selling book 'The Da Vinci Code'.

Oscar-winner Tom Hanks is starring as 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.

Dan Brown's book The Da Vinci Code 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.

The film of the book, starring Hanks, is also likely to be a huge success when it is released next year.

The film is being directed by Oscar winning director Ron Howard.

Some of the cast and their characters:
Tom Hanks - Robert Langdon.
Audrey Tautou - Sophie Neveu.
Ian McKellen - Sir Leigh Teabing.
Alfred Molina - Bishop Aringarosa.
Jean Reno - Bezu Fache.
Paul Bettany - Silas.

Audio. James Kelly went to meet the Precentor of Lincoln Cathedral, the Reverend Canon Gavin Kirk, to find out more (Real 56, 2'25")

See some of the pictures from the week that Hollywood came to Lincoln. If you have any pics from your star-spotting or maybe you were an extra send them to lincolnshire@bbc.co.uk

The set in Lincoln Cathedral.
The props are fantastic and turn Lincoln Cathedral into Westminster!
Picture taken from behind the set in Lincoln Cathedral.
A look at the facade from behind
The Chapter House.
One of the scenes will be filmed in The Chapter House
A sign informing visitors about the filming.
There are signs informing you what is happening

See also: Inside Lincoln Cathedral: 360° panoramic tour

For more information on The Da vinci Code and Lincoln Cathedral...

Bell stops tolling for Hanks film >>

Sony Pictures Da Vinci Code official movie site >>

Lincoln Cathedral Official Site >>

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