Huge news for dads everywhere and also me, personally: Robert Langdon is back. The symbologist-slash-action-hero of Dan Brown’s best-selling series and Ron Howard’s film adaptations (Angels & Demons, The Da Vinci Code, and Inferno) is getting his own show on Peacock. Only this time, he’s hot. (No offense to Tom Hanks, but that’s actually a bit more true to the books than the movies are — Dan Brown loves to remind his readers how irresistible to the ladies Robert Langdon is.)
Billed as a prequel, despite its source material being the third book in the Robert Langdon series, The Lost Symbol stars Ashley Zukerman (last seen as Shiv’s sidepiece on Succession) as a young Langdon who is invited into an ancient Masonic scavenger hunt across Washington, D.C., when his mentor, Peter Solomon, is kidnapped. A trailer for the new series hints at plot points from the novel, including Solomon’s severed hand left in the Capitol’s Rotunda and the assistance of Solomon’s sister (and requisite lithe love interest for Robert), Katherine. The trailer ends on a shot of a heavily tattooed back, which obsessive fans (hi!) will probably recognize as the novel’s main antagonist, a man who treats transforming his body like a spiritual experience. The Lost Symbol is “coming soon” to Peacock, but until then you can get your fix by reading the (bad in a fun way) books or watching the (bad in a … less fun way) movies.