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Last Updated: Sunday, 14 August 2005, 16:36 GMT 17:36 UK
Bell stops tolling for Hanks film
West front of Lincoln Cathedral
Lincoln Cathedral's Big Tom will fall silent
The filming of a multi-million pound movie version of The Da Vinci Code is due to start in Lincolnshire this week.

Hollywood star Tom Hanks is expected to record scenes at Lincoln Cathedral during the next five days.

Great Tom, the bell which strikes the hour at the cathedral, will be silent for the first time since World War II.

As a result the cathedral will be closed to visitors on Monday and Tuesday, and filming will continue until Friday.

Oscar winners

Dan Brown's best-selling book The Da Vinci Code has caused a storm of controversy over its questioning of Christianity.

Religious leaders at the cathedral have defended the use of the church for the film, saying the story is a fictional one.

Two weeks of set-building has transformed the interior of the cathedral into a Westminster lookalike after church leaders there refused to allow filming.

The cast and crew of 200 as well as around 400 extras will start work on Monday.

The book, which mixes art history, mythology and medieval history, is still near the top of the best seller lists.

Winchester Cathedral and the Rosslyn Chapel near Edinburgh are also being used for filming parts of the movie.

Hanks will play the lead role with Audrey Tautou the female co-star. Oscar winner Ron Howard will direct the movie.

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