Weisz joins U’s ‘Mummy’

NEW YORK — Rachel Weisz has been cast opposite Brendan Fraser in Stephen Somers’ remake of the classic 1932 horror film “The Mummy” for Universal, sources said Thursday.

Jim Jacks and Sean Daniel of Alphaville Prods. are producing “Mummy,” a $70 million tale about an archaeological expedition.

Weisz, who most recently starred with Vincent Perez in Beeban Kidron’s “Swept From the Sea,” is also in final talks to join Ralph Fiennes and Nastassja Kinski in Istvan Szabo’s “Sunshine.”

The story of three generations of a Jewish Hungarian family, “Sunshine” is being financed by Alliance Communications and Germany’s Kinowelt.

A London resident, Weisz will next be seen opposite Catherine McCormack in David Leland’s comedy “Land Girls,” a Gramercy Pictures release. Later this year, she will appear in Michael Winterbottom’s “I Want You.”

Her previous credits include Mark Pellington’s “Going All the Way,” Bernardo Bertolucci’s “Stealing Beauty” and the thriller “Chain Reaction.”

Weisz is represented by CAA’s Michael Davis, Karen Friedman and Beth Swofford.

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