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HOLLYWOOD superstar Tom Hanks was expected on set at a historic Scottish chapel today as movie makers begin filming scenes for the big-screen version of international bestseller The Da Vinci Code.

The medieval Rosslyn Chapel near Edinburgh is being used for the GBP53million adaptation of the murder mystery by Dan Brown.

It has been closed to the public for four days while filming takes place.

Hanks will play the lead role as Professor Robert Langdon, with Amelie star Audrey Tautou playing French investigator Sophie Neveu.

The historic church has found new popularity because of its association with the book - visitor numbers have soared by 56-per cent to 70,000 since its publication.

The book's plot suggests the 15th century chapel was built to house the secret of the Holy Grail.

Trustees of the site, which is famed for its intricate carvings, have said location fees alone could generate GBP100,000.

Despite being derided by the Catholic Church and many historians, Brown's book has sold 25 million copies.

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