It’s barely three months since it was published, but Dan Brown’s latest novel Inferno has been snapped up by Hollywood and already the casting is in place.

Tom Hanks will return the role of Robert Langdon, and the film will be directed by Ron Howard, the director of 2006′s The Da Vinci Code and its sequel, Angels and Demons (2009). It is expected that the film will be released in December 2015,

According to film industry website Deadline, the decision to take Inferno straight to film follows a dispute over the third installment of Brown’s series, The Lost Symbol.

Inferno sold nearly a quarter of a million copies in its first week of release.