"The Da Vinci Code" will be the opening selection at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The film, directed by Ron Howard and starring Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou, and Ian McKellen, is based on the bestseller novel by Dan Brown.
The plot involves a murder in the Louvre that spawns an investigation into the hidden meanings within Da Vinci’s paintings. "The Da Vinci Code" will be released worldwide two days after its Cannes premiere on May 17. The film is being distributed by Columbia Pictures and Imagine Entertainment.