Jean-Marc Vallee's The Young Victoria has been bringing together a solid cast, featuring names like Emily Blunt as Victoria and Rupert Friend as Albert, as well as Miranda Richardson and Jim Broadbent. Now the cast list is continuing to sweeten, and The Hollywood Reporter has posted that the added flavor is in the shape of Mr. Jennifer Connelly. Paul Bettany, who made a big splash in The Knight's Tale years ago, has joined the cast as Lord Melbourne, Queen Victoria's adviser, who taught her about government and politics. (If only all political advisers were that sweet.) That's not all -- Thomas Kretschmann (King Kong) is also joining the cast as Vic's uncle, King Leopold of Belgium.

The film, which was written by Gosford Park scribe Julian Fellowes, went into production in Britain on August 13. Obviously, looking at the name, the movie will focus on the beginning of Victoria's life -- being sheltered from child-like pursuits, taking the crown, learning politics and marrying the man who would one day become infamous for rather...ouch-worthy piercings. Luckily, this isn't a big special-effects production, so we'll get to see The Young Victoria some time in 2008.
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