Academy Award-winning actress RACHEL WEISZ, who is known for portraying women of
incredible spirit and intelligence, continues to seek out challenging projects
and roles both on screen and on stage.
In 2005 Weisz received overwhelming critical praise as well as a Screen Actors
Guild Award, Golden Globe and an Academy Award for her performance in Fernando
Meirelles' film adaptation of the best-selling John le Carre novel, The Constant
Most recently, Weisz has been seen in the indie political drama The
Whistleblower, directed by Larysa Kondracki. Based on a true story, the film
chronicles the trials of a female cop from Nebraska (Weisz) who serves as a
peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia and exposes a United Nations cover-up of a sex
Weisz will next be seen in Jim Sheridan's thriller Dream House opposite Daniel
Craig and Naomi Watts, and David Hare's Page Eight alongside Bill Nighy and
Ralph Fiennes for BBC. Following that, Weisz will appear with Tom Hiddleston in
Terence Davies The Deep Blue Sea, a film adaptation of Terrence Rattigan's play.
Also in the pipeline for 2012 is a starring role in an as-yet-untitled Terrence
Malick (Tree of Life, The New World) project alongside Javier Bardem, Rachel
McAdams and Ben Affleck.
Weisz is currently filming Sam Raimi's Oz: The Great and Powerful, co-starring
Mila Kunis, James Franco and Michelle Williams, which is slated for a 2013
release by Walt Disney Pictures. Weisz will then begin production on a starring
role in Tony Gilroy's The Bourne Legacy, the fourth installment of the
franchise, which co-stars Edward Norton and Jeremy Renner and will hit theaters
In 2009 Weisz received critical acclaim for her performance in Alejandro
Amenabar's ancient Egyptian epic Agora, which premiered at the Cannes Film
Festival and co-starred Max Minghella. Weisz's previous film credits include
Rian Johnson's international con man adventure The Brothers Bloom opposite Mark
Ruffalo and Adrien Brody, Wong Kar Wei's My Blueberry Nights, Peter Jackson's
The Lovely Bones, Adam Brooks' romantic comedy Definitely Maybe opposite Ryan
Reynolds, David Dobkin's Fred Claus opposite Vince Vaughn and Paul Giamatti,
Darren Aronofsky's 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. 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.
In 2010, Weisz won the Laurence Olivier Award in the category of "Best Actress"
for her performance as Blanche DuBois in the West End revival of Tennessee
Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire. 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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