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Mummy 3: Rachel Wesiz Out, Maria Bello In

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We know that the studio is looking for a new cast to carry on The Mummy once Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz got bored with it or the stories for them got to be too stale, and this was evidenced by the cast selection for Mummy 3 in who was chosen to play their son.

I've always assumed, and up until today, I've never heard otherwise -- that Fraser and Weisz would do at least one more flick in the franchise. Turns out I was wrong, as word from Variety comes that Weisz is out, and Maria Bello is in, not just as an addition to the cast, but as a literal replacement for Weisz.

Bello will play Evelyn Carnahan O'Connell, the adventuress played in the first two films by Weisz. After Weisz declined to reprise, Cohen and the studio cast a wide net for a replacement.

She may be good, and the film may be good -- even though the second one wasn't -- but she's definitely no Rachel Weisz.


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May 14, 2007, 10:22:00 AM
Talk about total miscasting, Maria Bello is a good actress but she's not Rachel Weisz.

May 14, 2007, 4:09:00 PM
I agree. I wonder why she opted out of the third flick?

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