Paul Bettany will star opposite Brendan Fraser in the family fantasy, Inkheart for New Line Cinema.

Iain Softley is directing the film that is based on the Cornelia Funke children's book. It revolves around a girl whose father has the power to bring characters from books to life by reading aloud, Variety says. When a villainous ruler and his band of rogues from a children's fable kidnap the man, his daughter and her friends, both real and imaginary, must rescue him. Bettany to portray Dustfinger, a fire-eating performer; Fraser's playing the father.

Auditions for the part of the girl, Meggie, start Sept. 9 in England. Inkheart is the first part of the trilogy series; Inkspell was published last fall, and Inkdawn will be out next year.