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.