The Lost Symbol (2021)

Prolific writer Dan Brown created a world of conspiracies, intrigue and secret societies with his numerous novels, including the best-selling “The Da Vinci Code,” adapted for the big screen as a box office hit in 2006. His 2009 book “The Lost Symbol” finds its way to a TV series, and we enter Brown’s world once again as the reoccurring character of Robert Langdon solves more mysteries when his mentor goes missing.

Harvard professor and symbologist Robert Langdon (Ashley Zukerman) is shaken when thrust into a CIA case involving the disappearance of his mentor Peter Solomon (Eddie Izzard). Called by mysterious figure Mal’akh (Beau Knapp), initially posing as Solomon’s assistant, he lures Langdon to Washington, where he makes a gruesome discovery. His mentor’s hand is the first of many clues in a dangerous game of cat and mouse to open an ancient portal. Along with Solomon’s daughter Katherine (Valorie Curry), Langdon is forced to navigate danger around every corner as he tries to figure out where his mentor is and the mystical prophecy that fuels Mal’akh’s reign of terror.

Film in Toronto and Hamilton, this series sees Robert Langdon using his scholarly investigative skills and is filled with just as many fascinating historical details and mysteries as the films made from previous books. The series is executive produced by Imagine Entertainment’s Ron Howard and Brian Grazer and stars Canadians Greg Bryk, Tyrone Benskin and Raoul Bhaneja, playing duplicitous characters as this show reaches across the globe, from the U.S. to the Middle East.

Review by Carolyn Mauricette

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Canadian connection

Toronto and Hamilton, Ontario
Eddie Izzard starred in Hannibal as Dr. Abel Gideon, which was also filmed in Toronto and Hamilton.