British actors Ian McKellen and Alfred Molina have been added to the cast of the anticipated screen adaptation of Dan Brown's controversial novel THE DA VINCI CODE.

The movie, which will be directed by Ron Howard, features OSCAR-winning actor Tom Hanks in the lead role as Harvard symbologist ROBERT LANGDON.

Molina will portray BISHOP ARIGAROSA, who takes a strong interest in the Holy Grail-pursuing efforts of Langdon and cryptographer SOPHIE NEVEU, played by Audrey Tautou.

McKellen takes on the role of wealthy eccentric SIR TEABING, who also has an interest in tracking down the Holy Grail.

Production on the movie is scheduled to begin in June (05) for a May 2006 release.

20/04/2005 21:40