The Vatican looks likely to call for a boycott of Angels and Demons, the prequel to the blockbuster film adaptation of Dan Brown‘s The Da Vinci Code, reported the Guardian last week. The movie, based on the eponymous book by Brown, opens worldwide on May 15 and will reprise Tom Hanks in his role as Harvard symbology professor Robert Langdon.
This time, it’s Rome instead of Paris as the backdrop, as Langdon travels to the Eternal City to investigate a murder victim branded with an emblem signalling the presence of the shadowy Opus Dei. The film’s producers were banned from entering the Holy See or any church in Rome last summer, forcing them to use soundstages to film interior scenes set in the churches of Santa Maria del Popolo and Santa Maria della Vittoria. The royal palace at Caserta near Naples is doubling for the Vatican. “Weirdly, even though there was so much controversy on The Da Vinci Code, we were able to shoot everywhere,” producer Brian Grazer told USA Today. Scenes were shot on-location for that film at Paris’ Louvre, London’s Temple Church, and Edinburgh’s Rosslyn Chapel, among other places.
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