Dogville and The Reckoning were released in limited cinemas in 2004. In 2007, Bettany went to London to star in There For Me, written by his friends Dan Fredenburgh and Doraly Rosen. He was once again paired with Depp in Mortdecai, a 2015 motion picture also starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Ewan Mc Gregor. Bettany also stars as Ted Kaczynski in the Discovery Channel television show, Manhunt: Unabomber. Williams in Solo: A Star Wars Story, after he was removed from the final film after being unable to return to set during the film's reshoots.In September of that year, Bettany made his leading-man debut in Wimbledon, a romantic comedy with Kirsten Dunst. In 2009, he appeared as Charles Darwin in Creation, starring opposite wife Jennifer Connelly. Bettany was cast in his place, with the character being reworked from a motion-capture alien, to a human. 1 (2000), and director Brian Helgeland's film A Knight's Tale (2001). He first came to the attention of mainstream audiences when he appeared in the British film Gangster No.
Bettany's next major project saw him starring again alongside Russell Crowe in Peter Weir's Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. In mid-2005, Bettany filmed Firewall in Vancouver, Canada, a thriller also starring Harrison Ford and Virginia Madsen, which reunited him with Wimbledon director Richard Loncraine.He was impressed by Bettany's audition tape, though Helgeland eventually decided to film A Knight's Tale instead.The studio executives were not impressed, but Helgeland was determined to cast him, even writing the part of Chaucer for him.'It was when my son was born that I had this moment of realisation,’ he says, his long, denim-clad legs concertina’d beneath him in a patio chair. The world is precarious and I’m going to make my children as safe as possible – with dough.” And I went about doing that.It was ludicrous, of course, because they were safe.