Although the sure-to-be-blockbuster “Angels and Demons”, the sequel to the (inexplicably) massive hit “The Da Vinci Code” has been postponed because of script problems (it needs work, but there are no writers to work on it, i.e. the ongoing writer’s strike), that hasn’t stopped the studio from signing Naomi Watts to join Tom Hanks as the film’s female lead. Or so sayeth The New York Post. Watts’ people have yet to confirm or deny the reports, so it’ll be up to the studio to announce it later, I would imagine. I’ve never read the book, but since “Angels and Demons” is supposed to be a prequel to “Code”, and Hanks’ character met Tautou’s in “Code”, Watts is probably going to be playing a new character.
NAOMI Watts has scored a major role opposite Tom Hanks in “Angels and Demons,” the prequel to the “The Da Vinci Code,” which will also be directed by Ron Howard – but the production’s start has been moved back due to the writers’ strike. “It’s been put off at least until February,” said one insider. But the picture will get made, and the release date of spring 2009 hasn’t been changed. Watts’ rep did not return calls or e-mails for comment.
The novel “Angels and Demons” was written by Dan Brown, who also wrote “The Da Vinci Code”. The (needs work) screenplay was written by Akiva Goldsman, who also wrote the “Code” script.
Ron Howard is expected back behind the camera.