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Beckinsale strings on last ‘Pearl’ lead

Affleck, Hartnett to co-star

British actress Kate Beckinsale has committed to star as Evelyn, the female lead in the Michael Bay/Jerry Bruckheimer pic “Pearl Harbor,” which begins lensing April 8 in Hawaii.

Her commitment rounds out a lead cast of Beckinsale, Ben Affleck and Josh Hartnett.

Beckinsale next appears in the James Ivory-helmed “The Golden Bowl,” along with an ensemble cast including Angelica Huston and Nick Nolte.

In “Pearl,” Beckinsale plays a Navy nurse who meets Rafe (Ben Affleck) during a medical exam. After they fall in love, she is shipped off to Pearl Harbor to join the Pacific fleet.

Beckinsale has appeared in such films as “Brokedown Palace,” “The Last Days of Disco,” “Shooting Fish” and “Haunted.”

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