Bettany, Kretschmann in royal court


Paul Bettany and Thomas Kretschmann will join Emily Blunt, Rupert Friend, Miranda Richardson and Jim Broadbent in the royal biopic "The Young Victoria" from producers Graham King and Martin Scorsese.

In Jean-Marc Vallee's film, Bettany will play Lord Melbourne, the adviser who helped Britain's Queen Victoria (Blunt) learn about government and politics. Kretschmann will play Victoria's uncle, King Leopold of Belgium.

"Victoria" began its 10-week shoot Aug. 13 in Britain. The film, written by Julian Fellowes ("Gosford Park"), is a GK Films production produced by King and Scorsese with Tim Headington and Sarah Ferguson.

Bettany's credits include Universal Pictures' "A Beautiful Mind," 20th Century Fox's "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World," Columbia Pictures' "The Da Vinci Code" and New Line Cinema's upcoming "Inkheart."

Kretschmann's credits include Universal's "King Kong," RAM Entertainment's "The Celestine Prophecy" and Universal's upcoming "Wanted."

Bettany is repped by ICM, Melanie Greene of Melanie Greene Management and Troika. Kretschmann is repped by Lena Roklin of Roklin Management and David Feldman of Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal La-Violette & Feldman.