New Line adds thesps to cast of family fantasy pic

New  Line  has added Helen Mirren, Andy Serkis, Rafi Gavron and Sienna Guillory to the cast of  family fantasy “Inkheart,” the first in Cornelia Funke’s kidlit fantasy trilogy.

They join star Brendan Fraser, Paul Bettany and Jim Broadbent in the tale of a father who brings characters from books to life by reading stories aloud to his daughter.

Mirren (“The Queen”) will portray the book collector Elinor Loredan while Serkis (“Lord of the Rings”) will play the villain Capricorn.

Iain Softley is directing “Inkheart” from a screenplay by David Lindsay-Abaire. New Line recently signed Barry Mendel to produce “Inkheart” along with Funke. Diana Pokorny is exec producing.

Production begins next month in Italy and then shifts to London.

Filed Under:

Follow @Variety on Twitter for breaking news, reviews and more