British actor Paul Bettany has completed THE DA VINCI CODE - he'll play menacing monk SILAS in the Ron Howard movie adaptation of Dan Brown's best-selling novel.

Fellow Brit Christopher Ecclestone was initially considered for the part of the thuggish albino villain, but DOGVILLE star Bettany has been announced as the man for the job.

He'll join Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou, SIR Ian McKellen, Jean Reno and Alfred Molina when the movie starts shooting in Paris, France later this summer (05).

The movie is expected to hit cinemas next May (06).

27/05/2005 19:51