Comingsoon.net: Sony Pictures Entertainment has set Ian McKellen (“The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, “X-Men” films) and Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2) for roles in The Da Vinci Code, the Ron Howard-directed adaptation of the Dan Brown bestseller, says Variety. Brian Grazer is producing with John Calley. Akiva Goldsman wrote the script.
Molina will play zealous Bishop Arigarosa, who’s keenly interested in the sleuthing activities of Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) and cryptographer Sophie Neveu (Audrey Tautou). McKellen will play Sir Teabing, a wealthy man who acts as a resource for Langdon even as he shows his own ambitions to uncover the Holy Grail.
The film also stars Jean Reno. Production begins in June for a May 19, 2006, release.