Just one month after confirming the main cast for Sony Pictures' new Robert Langdon adaptation Inferno, Ben Foster is in talks to star in this sequel to the 2006 blockbuster The Da Vinci Code and 2009's Angels & Demons. Tom Hanks is reprising his role as Robert Langdon from the first two movies in this adaptation of Dan Brown's novel of the same name, which follows an unraveling conspiracy that centers on Dante Alighieri's classic poem Inferno, about the nine circles of hell.

Ben Foster is playing a villainous scientist obsessed with the novel, who is trying to hatch a scheme to unleash a virus that will solve the world's issues with overpopulation. Other confirmed cast members include Felicity Jones as Dr. Sienna Brooks, who helps Robert Langdon recover from amnesia after waking up in an Italian hospital, Omar Sy as Christoph Bruder, Irrfan Khan as Harry Sims, also known as The Provost and Sidse Babett Knudsen as Dr. Elizabeth Sinskey, the head of the World Health Organization. Last month's announcement also revealed that the filmmakers are in negotiations with, "several other internationally recognized actors for major roles."

Ron Howard is directing from an adapted screenplay by David Koepp, based on Dan Brown's novel. The director also producing alongside Brian Grazer, with Dan Brown, Anna Culp, Bill Connor, and David B. Householter serving as executive producers. Production is scheduled to begin at the end of April in Europe. Ben Foster most recently starred in Lone Survivor, and he will next be seen in The Finest Hours, Warcraft and the Untitled Lance Armstrong Biopic.