We here at Angels Demons Rome were waiting with bated breath for the movie of our favourite book to come out. Once The Da Vinci Code was optioned we knew it was only a matter of time before Angels & Demons was made. Luckily we witnessed filming in various locations as well as seeing the stars at the premiere.
Some notable differences exist between the book and movie.
Firstly, the Camerlengo is now Irish, Carlo Ventresca being replaced by Patrick McKenna, played by Ewan McGregor, a Scot. Captain Rocher has become Commander Richter and is played by Stellan Skarsgard. The Assassin is also no longer Arabic nor Muslim and now has a name: Mr. Gray, played by Nikolaj Lie Kaas. Other characters have also changed or are missing in the film.
The majority of the book, including CERN, the Altars of Science, Langdon, Vittoria, the Illuminati plot remains the same. The illuminati diamond is no longer a melding of earth, air, fire and water but is now the crossed keys of Saint Peter, the Papal symbol.
Distributed by Columbia pictures, running at 138 minutes and featuring music from the excellent Hans Zimmer, Angels & Demons hit theatres worldwide on May 15th 2009 and was a commercial success.
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