Eddie Izzard & Valorie Curry Join NBC’s ‘Langdon’ Pilot
Just the day after NBC announced the status of their pilots for this season, it has been revealed Eddie Izzard and Valorie Curry will be joining the cast of ‘Langdon’, the pilot based on Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code novel series.
The story follows the early adventures of Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon, played by Succession’s Ashley Zukerman, who finds himself pulled into a series of deadly puzzles when his mentor is kidnapped. The CIA forces him onto a task force where he uncovers a chilling conspiracy.
The potential series will use 2009 novel ‘The Lost Symbol’ as the basis for the plot, which may have fans of the books a bit confused, as this has been announced as a prequel featuring a young Robert Langdon, whereas the novel is set after the events of the previous books in the series. The plan will be to use the plot of the novel in the tv drama, but it will alter the timeframe to earlier in Langdon’s life.
Eddie Izzard will play Peter, Director of the Smithsonian and an influential mover and shaker in Washington, D.C. Izzard is, of course, well known as a brilliant stand up comedian, but has also appeared in a variety of tv & film drama including ‘Hannibal’, ‘United States of Tara’, ‘The Riches’, ‘Victoria & Abdul’, and ‘Ocean’s Thirteen’. He also lent his voice to characters in ‘The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance’, ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ and ‘The Lego Batman Movie’.
Valorie Curry is set to play Katherine, a scientist who studies how consciousness can affect the physical world. Curry first rose to fame in ‘Veronica Mars’, and then starred as Emma in ‘The Following’, and Kelsey in ‘House of Lies’. Most recently she has been playing Dot in Amazon’s wonderfully bonkers comic book series ‘The Tick’. If you’ve not seen any of those shows but the face still looks familiar, she also played Kara, one of the central characters in the brilliant video game ‘Detroit: Become Human’.
The pilot comes from Dan Dworkin and Jay Beattie, co-creators of the ‘Scream’ tv-series and short-lived drama ‘The Crossing’. Daniel Cerone, who created ‘Motive’ and developed the ‘Constantine’ tv series, was originally attached to the drama, but left at some point during the development process. Dworkin and Beattie exec produce alongside Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, who were behind the Tom Hank’s led ‘Da Vinci Code’ movie franchise, via their Imagine Television Studios. CBS TV Studios and Universal Television co-produce the series.
‘Langdon’ is currently only a pilot order, so may not yet move forward. As with almost all pilots this year, filming was delayed due to the global pandemic, however, NBC are planning on shooting five new pilots before the end of the year. We’ll let you know when we hear more.
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