ABOUT SCHMIDT star Kathy Bates is set to take on her most regal role to date - as Britain's QUEEN VICTORIA.

The actress will star opposite Jackie Chan, Steve Coogan, Jim Broadbent and Johnny Knoxville in AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS.

The flick, which started filming on 13 March (03) in Thailand, is moving to a studio in Germany in April (03) for a three-month shoot.

Around the World in 80 Days is based on the JULES VERNE novel and set during the Industrial Revolution.

But in contrast to the version that starred David Niven as intrepid adventurer PHILEAS FOGG, emphasis on the new movie shifts to Chan's PASSEPARTOUT character who, after stealing a valuable jade Buddha, seeks refuge in with London inventor Fogg, played by Coogan.