February 13, 2008 / 8:56 AM / 10 years ago

Rachel Weisz dusts off ancient romance

BERLIN (Hollywood Reporter) - Rachel Weisz, a veteran of the first two “Mummy” movies, is returning to ancient Egypt in a new movie from Spanish director Alejandro Amenabar.

Rachel Weisz poses for a photograph during an interview in New York January 18, 2008. REUTERS/Jeff Zelevansky

The untitled English-language project, which has been shrouded under a veil of secrecy, concerns a slave who falls in love with his mistress Hypatia (Weisz). Oscar Isaac, who played Joseph in “The Nativity Story,” is set as Orestes, who has an unrequited love for Hypatia.

The 50 million euro ($73 million) film is set to begin production next month in Malta. Weisz, an Oscar winner for her supporting role in “The Constant Gardener,” returns to theaters Thursday with the romantic comedy “Definitely, Maybe.”

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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