"Mummy 3" Casting Coup! Rachel Weisz Out, "Alex Rider" In

by | April 12, 2007 | Comments

Rachel Weisz has pulled out of "The Mummy 3," reports say; but just as the sequel loses a mother, it looks like it’s gaining a son — and a strapping athletic teen super spy son, at that.

As reported by TMZ.com, Rachel Weisz will not be reprising her role as the stunning Egyptologist Evelyn Carnahan O’Connell in the upcoming second sequel to 1999’s "The Mummy." Sources speculate a handful of reasons for Weisz’ departure from the franchise, including her participation in as many as four other acting gigs, her recent Oscar win, and caring for her nine-month-old son (with "Fountain" director Darren Aronofsky.)

\
Fraser, Weisz in "The Mummy Returns"

The initial report was later confirmed by Variety, who also reports that Weisz co-star Brendan Fraser inked his return for an undisclosed "top-of-the-food-chain money deal." Not bad for the guy who made "Monkeybone" only six years ago!

Also figuring into the production may be British teen actor Alex Pettyfer, who made his feature film debut in last year’s "Stormbreaker." Pettyfer — who just turned 17 years old – proved his action-adventure chops in that film as the teenage superspy Alex Rider.

If casting rumors prove true, Pettyfer may take on the role of Alex O’Connell, the son of Rick and Evy who we last saw as a young boy in 2001’s "The Mummy Returns." Per IGN Movies, the character of Alex will be now in his late teens to early twenties and a younger version of his adventurer dad:

"The roguish Alex has been through nine schools in three years, plays poker and has gotten into trouble before with a headmaster’s daughter. He is resourceful and wily, and is essentially Rick 2.0. Alex also mentions at one point that he digs up relics, so it can be assumed he is an archaeologist or treasure hunter of some sort."


Pettyfer in "Stormbreaker"

"Mummy 3" may also focus more on Alex, with Fraser’s Rick serving as a secondary character. New director Rob Cohen ("xXx") is at the helm.

The script is being revised by screenwriters Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, but it’s already got one bad guy. Jet Li is on board to play a mummy — ostensibly that of the Chinese Qin Emperor, whose tomb is famously guarded by an 8,000 strong terra cotta army.

So when will we see this long-awaited sequel? Production should begin this summer, with Universal eyeing a summer 2008 release.

Sources: TMZ.com, Variety, IGN Movies

Tag Cloud

Amazon Prime Emmy Nominations First Reviews ITV Kids & Family Horror The Arrangement cancelled television Year in Review Trophy Talk video FXX Elton John finale 2015 game of thrones mutant Logo ratings Lucasfilm free movies Disney streaming service Lifetime what to watch Valentine's Day Action Premiere Dates DC Universe crime TBS Awards Tour cinemax Musicals Toys RT History zero dark thirty ESPN Heroines NBC Rocky Turner The CW Set visit cancelled TV series casting Spectrum Originals crossover cops Film dc book TCA Shondaland aliens Pop Arrowverse doctor who Fantasy Best and Worst unscripted Pet Sematary YA cooking dceu 20th Century Fox Reality Competition Music Sundance Now Epix Certified Fresh IFC Films Esquire natural history A&E Oscars disaster Video Games Cosplay transformers technology Paramount Network renewed TV shows American Society of Cinematographers period drama TruTV ABC Sci-Fi 2019 Apple foreign DC Comics biography Nickelodeon Paramount Watching Series Ghostbusters Mary Poppins Returns Polls and Games Classic Film docudrama FOX Biopics discovery DC streaming service Superheroes Netflix Acorn TV YouTube Mary poppins GIFs Teen Pride Month President Apple TV+ adventure Red Carpet based on movie golden globes Comedy Central blaxploitation YouTube Red LGBTQ hist Christmas Cartoon Network toy story television Sundance Amazon Prime Video Mudbound Women's History Month Disney Plus Brie Larson Food Network FX movies Holidays psychological thriller ghosts Sony Pictures Starz richard e. Grant 2016 adaptation 2017 spanish language Star Trek Walt Disney Pictures Captain marvel medical drama anime Calendar cats SundanceTV witnail Awards Nat Geo Character Guide Dark Horse Comics VICE Marathons CBS E! Fall TV GLAAD Nominations composers Ovation Rom-Com kids strong female leads CBS All Access Mystery 007 Animation Turner Classic Movies Britbox Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt space latino serial killer comiccon Shudder Universal See It Skip It travel tv talk Crackle Thanksgiving Sneak Peek nature Binge Guide science fiction cancelled TV shows Crunchyroll sitcom MTV X-Men Comedy cancelled sports HBO Max green book Vudu mockumentary Country Podcast Black Mirror Fox News Superheroe binge Trivia History zombie 24 frames 71st Emmy Awards Spring TV Winter TV AMC TV cars HBO Quiz zombies dramedy Rock Opinion Grammys police drama crime drama YouTube Premium supernatural CW Seed facebook DGA Disney Channel BBC DirecTV Warner Bros. political drama Pirates TV renewals MSNBC RT21 San Diego Comic-Con The Purge spain USA Network spy thriller Drama El Rey Freeform children's TV batman Cannes streaming E3 VH1 Schedule Mindy Kaling MCU Tarantino game show Extras Amazon Syfy LGBT Emmys Television Academy canceled crime thriller 45 singing competition breaking bad elevated horror slashers Summer dragons diversity Countdown jamie lee curtis vampires First Look Tomatazos Super Bowl Reality miniseries hispanic Interview Creative Arts Emmys TV Land Columbia Pictures award winner psycho TIFF Photos Comics on TV theme song spinoff series TCA 2017 stand-up comedy OWN USA boxoffice Lionsgate Pixar social media WarnerMedia Rocketman Election Disney BET IFC Comic Book cults BBC America Martial Arts quibi Masterpiece war Chilling Adventures of Sabrina GoT Ellie Kemper National Geographic Stephen King festivals Film Festival TNT Mary Tyler Moore WGN teaser sequel revenge SXSW anthology PBS Chernobyl comic Infographic Song of Ice and Fire CNN Trailer Musical Star Wars joker Tumblr NYCC New York Comic Con Marvel Showtime romantic comedy romance justice league 2018 Winners historical drama politics Adult Swim Western Writers Guild of America south america The Walking Dead SDCC Family APB CMT halloween Hulu ABC Family PaleyFest TCM true crime harry potter TLC spider-man The Witch animated Spike Anna Paquin talk show thriller robots Bravo 21st Century Fox Box Office canceled TV shows Peacock