The former Doctor Who could be "Da Vinci Code's" bad guy. The Sunday Mirror says Christopher Eccleston is the front-runner to play the murderous monk Silas in the film adaptation of "The Da Vinci Code."
Citing an anonymous insider (apocrypha alert!), the Sunday Mirror says Eccleston's starring role as TV's "Doctor Who" caught the eye of "Da Vinci Code" producers. "He is a very serious and respected actor who always gives a great performance," says the nameless tipster. "He would be brilliant as Silas." Hmm. I wonder if Eccleston's agent has the Mirror on speed dial ...
Eccleston made news recently by leaving "Doctor Who" after only one season. The actor cited typecasting fears as his reason for exiting the popular BBC show. Portraying a hulking albino with a penchant for cilice wounds should do wonders for that typecasting phobia.
The Mirror also says Anthony Hopkins and Michael Caine are possibilities to play "Da Vinci's" Holy Grail historian Sir Leigh Teabing.
As it stands, the confirmed cast is pretty small: Tom Hanks as Robert Langdon, Audrey Tautou as Sophie Neveu and Jean Reno as police chief Bezu Fache. Ron Howard will direct.
"The Da Vinci Code" is scheduled to premiere May 19, 2006. For more "Da Vinci" news visit our "Da Vinci Code" spotlight page.