A few weeks back, we reported that production will begin on /inferno-movie-ron-howard-production-start-italy/director Ron Howard's Inferno at the end of this month. Shooting will take place until mid-May in Italy, before the shoot moves onto Istanbul, Turkey. Today, Ron Howard took to his Twitter page to announce that shooting has officially started in Venice, sharing photos from the set with stars Tom Hanks and Omar Sy, as they shot in one of Venice's famous canals.

Tom Hanks returns as Robert Langdon, reprising his role from 2006's The Da Vinci Code and 2009's Angels & Demons, which have both earned over $1.2 billion worldwide to date. The story centers on Langdon, as he wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, with no recollection of who he is, or how he got there. Felicity Jones stars as Dr. Sienna Brooks, who helps Langdon regain his memories as they both try to stop a nefarious madman from unleashing a global plague, which is tied into Dante Alighieri's classic novel Inferno.

The supporting cast includes Irrfan Khan as Harry Sims, a.k.a. The Provost, Omar Sy as Christoph Bruder and Sidse Babett Knudsen as Dr. Elizabeth Sinskey, the head of the World Health Organization. We reported last month that Ben Foster is being eyed to play the villain, a scientist trying to unleash a global plague that will solve the world's problem with overpopulation. Ron Howard is directing from an adapted screenplay by David Koepp, based on Dan Brown's novel. Ron Howard is also producing alongside Brian Grazer, with Dan Brown, Anna Culp, Bill Connor, and David B. Householter serving as executive producers. Take a look at Ron Howard's tweets from the set of Inferno, and stay tuned for more as production continues.