Rachel Weisz Up For 3 Key Roles
Thu, 14 May 2009 11:35:50
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Rachel Weisz is set to star in a political drama, a biopic, and a period drama.
Weisz will play the lead in The Whistleblower, an independent, politically-themed drama for Primary Productions. The role is said to be reminiscent of the actress' Oscar-winning turn in The Constant Gardener. The film is based on the true story of a Nebraskan female cop who heads to Bosnia to act as a peacekeeper and ends up exposing a United Nations sex trafficking cover-up. The story of Kathryn Bolkovac is the source material for The Whitstleblower. The film was originally set up at Focus Features.
Weisz is also in discussions to portray 1940s Austrian-American film star Hedy Lamarr in Face Value, an indie film by Amy Redford. The film will center on Lamarr's eccentric life, with a focus on her second career as a scientist, which wasn't a very publicized fact. Lamarr was perhaps best-known for her role in Samson and Delilah, but she was also an accomplished scientist who helped create the phenomenon of frequency-hopping, which is a method of changing frequencies that predated modern wireless communications technology.
Charlize Theron was once attached to the part, but Weisz bears more of a physical resemblance to Lamarr.
Lastly, Weisz, Hugh Jackman, and Robert Pattinson are on-board to star in Unbound Captives, a period piece that will mark the directorial debut of actress Madeleine Stowe. Stowe wrote the film's script under a pen name back in 1993 and intended to star in the film herself. She turned down millions of dollars for the script because there was no guarantee that she would ever be anything more than the film's screenwriter. Weisz will play the role that Stowe once envisioned for herself. The film will begin production at the end of the year.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff