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Academy Award-winning actress RACHEL WEISZ (voice of Saphira) is known for portraying women of incredible spirit and intelligence and continues to seek out challenging projects and roles both on screen and on stage.

Weisz received overwhelming critical praise and awards from Screen Actors Guild, Golden Globe and ultimately an Oscar for her performance in "The Constant Gardener," directed by Fernando Meirelles ("City of God") and based on the best-selling John le Carré novel.

Weisz currently stars in Darren Aronofsky's much-anticipated sci-fi/romantic fantasy adventure, "The Fountain," opposite Hugh Jackman.

She recently wrapped production on "My Blueberry Nights" directed by Wong Kar Wei. The romantic comedy also stars Jude Law, Norah Jones and Natalie Portman and is the story of a young woman (Jones) who travels across America to find the true meaning of love while encountering offbeat characters along the way.

Weisz is currently shooting Working Title's comedy "Definitely, Maybe," written and directed by Adam Brooks. Weisz will begin filming the dramedy "Smart People," written by Mark Poirier, this fall starring opposite Dennis Quaid and Thomas Haden Church. Noam Murro, 2005 DGA Director of the Year, will make his feature directorial debut. Later in the year Weisz is also set to star in the international con man adventure "The Brothers Bloom," written and directed by Rian Johnson

Past film credits include Francis Lawrence's hit thriller Constantine, Gary Fleder's "Runaway Jury"; James Foley's "Confidence"; and Chris and Paul Weitz' "About a Boy." She is known to audiences worldwide for her lead role opposite Brendan Fraser in Stephen Sommers' blockbuster movies "The Mummy" and "The Mummy Returns."

Weisz also starred in Jean-Jacques Annaud's "Enemy at the Gates"; Michael Winterbottom's "I Want You"; David Leland's "The Land Girls"; Beeban Kidron's "Swept from the Sea"; and Bernardo Bertolucci's "Stealing Beauty."

Weisz received critical acclaim for Focus Features "The Shape of Things" which also marked her first venture into producing. She had previously starred in writer/director Neil LaBute's staging of his original play of the same name, in both London and New York City.

Her performance in Sean Mathias' U.K. staging of "Noel Coward's Design for Living" garnered her the London Drama Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Newcomer. She also starred in the West End production of "Suddenly Last Summer", directed by Mathias. Weisz began her career as a student at Cambridge University where she formed the Talking Tongues Theatre Group, which performed numerous experimental pieces and won the prestigious Guardian Award at the Edinburgh Festival.


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