The Da Vinci Code starring Christopher Ecclestone?

ChristopherEcclestone-DrWho.jpgThe casting ot date on The Da Vinci Code hasn’t proved entirely popular, and the debate is still on going – see the related links below – but now we’re about to add another name to the list for debate.

According to The Guardian, Christopher Eccleston, fresh from reviving Doctor Who in the UK is in negotiations to play the Opus Dei assassin, Silas.

An anonymous source told the Sunday Mirror: “As soon as film producers spotted Chris on Doctor Who they knew they had to go for him – he has everything they want. He is a very serious and respected actor who always gives a great performance. He would be brilliant as Silas.”

I totally agree, I can visualise Ecclestone in this role without much difficulty.

The source added: “Chris has now been sent a script and is mulling it over – but he has been told he may have to wear a long white wig.”

Not sure how serious I feel about this now that comment has been made, but if this has a hint of truth about it, and I hope it does, it could spell a decent casting move amongst the controversial.

As an aside the trustees of Rosslyn Chapel (not very far from where I live) have agreed to allow filming there for the closing pages of the book (and was that disappointment for me, only a few pages of a mention!). I have to love this attitude though, Andrew Russell, Chairman of the trust said:

“We do not want a situation where people, having travelled thousands of miles to visit Rosslyn, then find out they cannot get in because Tom Hanks is filming.”

Damn straight! Tourists first, film stars second. Everyone has been, and still are being, very vocal about the casting to date, so what about this latest suggestion? Is Ecclestone a good Silas?

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