RACHEL WEISZ (Summer Hartley) 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 the Screen Actors
Guild, the Golden Globes and an Academy AwardÂ® for her performance in The Constant
Gardener, directed by Fernando Meirelles (City of God) and based on the best-selling
John le CarrĂ© novel.
Weisz is currently in production on Peter Jackson's adaptation Lovely Bones for
DreamWorks/Paramount Pictures. She stars as Abigail Salmon, devastated by the loss of
her daughter, Susie Salmon, who is murdered but continues to observe her family on
earth after her death. Weisz stars opposite Mark Wahlberg and Susan Sarandon.
Weisz will star in Wong Kar Wei's first English language directorial debut My
Blueberry Nights. 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. The film
premiered at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival and is slated to be released February 18th,
Weisz will also star in Rian Johnson's International con man adventure The
Brothers Bloom, opposite Adrien Brody and Mark Ruffalo. Summit Entertainment is
scheduled to release the film late summer/early fall 2008.
Weisz's previous film credits include David Dobkin's Fred Claus, opposite Vince
Vaughn and Paul Giamatti; Darren Aronofsky's much-anticipated sci-fi/romantic fantasy
adventure The Fountain, opposite Hugh Jackman; Francis Lawrence's hit thriller
Constantine; Gary Fleder's Runaway Jury; James Foley's Confidence; and Chris and
Paul Weitz's About a Boy. Audiences worldwide know her 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
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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