The fourth in the Robert Langdon series of books, by NY Times Best Selling author, Dan Brown, Inferno becomes the third in the series to be made into a motion picture featuring Oscar winner Tom Hanks as the star. The Lost Symbol, the least exciting in the series, was passed over for film treatment – and rightfully so. It was a horrible book.
Inferno takes place in the heart of Italy, as Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces, Dante’s Inferno.
Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust. before the world is irrevocably altered. And altered it is, as the book and movie do not cop out with characters who ‘save’ the day. Thank god.
Inferno, published on May 14, 2013, was the best selling hardcover fiction book of 2013.
Tom Hanks is one of only two actors to have won the Best Actor Oscar two years in a row. He first won for the 1993 movie Philadelphia, in which he plays a dying AIDS patient. He won again for the 1994 film, Forrest Gump, for playing a mentally retarded man.
Spencer Tracy is the only other actor in history to win the Best Actor Oscar in two consecutive years. He won for Captains Courageous and Boys Town in 1937 and 1938, respectively.