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Paul Bettany Learns of The Secret Life of Bees

Published January 9, 2008 in Movie News
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of WireImage, Hollywood Reporter.
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Fox Searchlight Pictures has picked up Paul Bettany for their upcoming adaptation of The Secret Life of Bees.

Paul Bettany for The Secret Life of Bees


Bettany will play widower, T. Ray Owens, the father of the film's 14-year-old central character, Lily Owens, played by Dakota Fanning.

Based on the novel by Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees revolves around Lily and her friend Rosaleen (Hudson), who flee their small town to escape their harsh upbringing and uncover the mysteries of Lily's late mother. Along the way, they are taken in by three sisters (Latifah, Okonedo, Keys) who teach them the art of beekeeping. The film takes place in the 1960s South.

Bettany joins an ensemble cast that includes Queen Latifah, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, Sophie Okonedo and Tristan Wilds.


Gina Prince-Bythewood will direct off her very own script.

Bettany recently wrapped both Young Victoria and Inkheart.

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