The Da Vinci Code: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Columbia Pictures' film adaptation of the best-selling The Da Vinci Code, will roll out day-and-date worldwide on May 19, 2006, the studio announced Tuesday.

It also confirmed that Tom Hanks will play the leading role of symbologist Robert Langdon, who discovers the meaning of the Holy Grail during the course of the life-threatening thriller. The Da Vinci Code will be directed by Ron Howard from a screenplay by Akiva Goldsman. Production will begin next year in the United States and Europe.

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