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First Set of “Angels & Demons” Pictures Surfaces

The first set of stills has been released on the film “Angels & Demons”, the anticipated prequel follow-up to the controversial Dan Brown novel-to-film adaptation, “The Da Vinci Code”, which raked in $758 million worldwide.  “Angels & Demons” continues the adventures of Harvard symbologist, Robert Langdon, who uncovers a threatening conspiracy that rests between the Vatican and the once thought disbanded secret society known as the Illuminati.

Months earlier, it was reported that film crews had been banned from shooting in locales such as the Vatican as Church officials claimed that the novel’s material did not agree with religious sentiment.  Producer, Brian Grazer, made the following key comments regarding “The Da Vinci Code”‘s reception and what we can expect from “Angels & Demons”:

“I think we may have been too reverential toward it (DVC),” Grazer said. “We got all the facts of the book right, but the movie was a little long and stagey.”

“We’re living in a world that’s much more unstable.  Therefore, our energy is focused on belief. This looks at what would happen when you have an act of terrorism designed to undermine that belief.”

“Weirdly, even though there was so much controversy on The Da Vinci Code, we were able to shoot everywhere.  We were in London, France, so it was harder to catch us.”

In Angels & Demons, “Langdon doesn’t stop and give a speech.  When he speaks, he’s in motion.”  Largely set at the Vatican, “we were pretty much in exile from the religious epicenter of the world.”

Also very important to note is that they’ve replaced that dated 80s Greaser mullet they gave Tom Hanks back in DVC with a more contemporary clean-shaven hairstyle :

Joining the cast, with Hanks reprising his role as Robert Langdon, are Ayelet Zurer as Vittoria Vetra, Ewan Mcgregor as Camerlengo Carlo Ventresca, Pierfrancesco Favino as Commander Olivetti, and Thure Lindhart as Lieutenant Chartrand.

“Angels & Demons” is scheduled to hit theaters May 15, 2009.