Superstar Tom Hanks reprises his role as Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon, who once again finds that forces with ancient roots are willing to stop at nothing, even murder, to advance their goals, in Columbia Pictures’ new thriller Angels & Demons, the much-anticipated follow-up to the 2006 blockbuster The Da Vinci Code.
Hanks says that Langdon’s impressive and arcane intellect are satisfying and stimulating to play and a big part of the project’s appeal. “It’s wonderful to play someone who is an expert in this very obscure field. He has made it his life’s work to make the connections that nobody else can see; one symbol can represent many different divergent points of view and he can make sense of it. It’s a fascinating blend of stuff. When we were in Rome, working in or nearby these places of great antiquity, I didn’t want to know just when it was built. I wanted to know how it got there, what the original thought was, what was going on in Rome at the time this particular church was built? Who paid for it? When and why have things been added to it? One of the reasons that I’m interested in Robert Langdon is that he sees history as layered; you have to take nine other facts and nine other opinions and nine other understandings of where, what, and when humankind came up with these symbols in the first place before you can infer truth.”