Zurer Helps Hanks In Demons

Israeli actress Ayelet Zurer (“Munich,” “Vantage Point”) has landed the lead female role of Vittoria Vetra in “Angels & Demons” for Sony Pictures says Entertainment Weekly.

Based on Dan Brown’s “The Da Vinci Code” prequel, the story follows Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) in his race to stop an Illuminati assassin from wiping out Vatican City during a papal election.

Zurer plays the daughter of a physicist who’s death sets off the action. Naomi Watts was previously reported as being attached to the role.

The Ron Howard-directed film is set to begin shooting in Europe in June for release next May.