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Rachel Weisz to Produce and Star in Adaptation of Naomi Alderman Novel ‘Disobedience’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Following the opening of her new drama “Denial,” Rachel Weisz is set to star and produce an adaptation of the Naomi Alderman novel “Disobedience.”

Weisz will produce alongside Ed Guiney, who will produce through his Element Pictures shingle, Frida Torresblanco, who will produce through her banner Braven Films and Film 4. Sebastian Lelio direct the film based on a script he co-wrote with Rebecca Lenkiewicz.

In the original book, the story follows young woman who returns to her Orthodox Jewish home after learning about the death of her estranged father. She causes an upheaval in the quiet community when she rekindles a repressed love with her best friend – a woman now married to her cousin.

Weisz has previously produced the pic “Radiator.”

Weisz has been very active in 2016 with starring roles in “The Light Between Oceans,” which opened last month, and “Denial” which also stars Timothy Spall.

The actress recently wrapped production on the Fox Searchlight film “My Cousin Rachel” opposite Sam Claflin and also has the James Marsh movie “The Mercy” opening next year. She won an Academy Award in 2005 for her role in “The Constant Gardener” and also recently starred opposite Colin Farrell in “The Lobster.”

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She is repped by WME, Independent Talent Group and Brillstein Entertainment. Lelio is repped by Management 360.

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