Rachel Weisz to star in ‘Whistleblower’

Kondracki to make feature directorial debut

Rachel Weisz has signed on to star in indie political drama “The Whistleblower” in a part recalling the thesp’s role as a crusading truth-seeker in “The Constant Gardener.”

Larysa Kondracki will make her feature directorial debut.

Based on a true story, “Whistleblower” chronicles the trials of a female cop from Nebraska who serves as a peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia and exposes a United Nations cover-up of a sex trafficking scandal. Kondracki and Eilis Kirwan wrote the film, which will shoot in Budapest. The pair based the screenplay on the story of Kathryn Bolkovac, who traveled to Bosnia in 1999 as a U.N. peacekeeper.

Primary Prods.’ Amy Kaufman (“Sin nombre”) is producing alongside First Generation’s Christina Piovesan (“Amreeka”) and Plum Pictures’ Celine Rattray (“The Winning Season”).

Project had originally been set up at Focus Features, where Kaufman had been an exec on the project. Then HBO Films scooped up the real-life tale in turnaround.

Nicolas Chartier of Voltage Pictures will handle international sales at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival, while UTA is repping the U.S. sale.

Weisz will next be seen in Peter Jackson’s “The Lovely Bones” and Alejandro Amenabar’s “Agora,” which will unspool at Cannes.