Ayelet Zurer Cast in Angels & Demons

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Ayelet Zurer has landed the role of Vittoria Vetra in the upcoming Da Vinci Code prequel Angels & Demons.

Sources close to the project told Entertainment Weekly that the Israeli actress (who played Eric Bana's wife in Munich and was last seen in Vantage Point) has been cast opposite Tom Hanks in the Ron Howard-directed movie. Reportedly, she beat out major stars, such as Naomi Watts, for the role.

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For those unfamiliar with the book, the character of Vittoria Vetra is the daughter of CERN physicist Leonardo Vetra. Following her father's death, Vittoria pairs with Robert Langdon (Hanks) on a journey to uncover the mystery behind her father's murder and stop a terrorist plot.

Angels & Demons set to begin filming in Europe in June, eyeing a May 15, 2009, release date.

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