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'Da Vinci Code' filming begins in Paris

  |   June 27, 2005 at 11:40 AM
PARIS, June 26 (UPI) -- Filming for the international best-selling "Da Vinci Code" begins in Paris this week.

Until August, U.S. director Ron Howard and his cast will be in various parts of the French capital region -- from the Louvre Museum, to the suburban Chateau de la Villette -- to film the movie version of the mystery novel by Dan Brown that explores the legend of the Holy Grail and of Mary Magdalene.

Two celebrated French actors -- Jean Reno and Audrey Tautou, of "Amelie" fame -- will be among a cast that includes Oscar-winner Tom Hanks.

Two other French actors have been tapped for important roles, French news reports said. Etienne Chicot, 56, will play a member of the conservative Catholic sect, Opus Dei, and Jacques Sauniere is cast as the Louvre's curator.

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