Rachel Weisz is certainly looking to raise her career profile. After gaining notice in the 1990s Mummy series, she has spent the last several years working in smaller dramas and avoiding roles in blockbusters. She even passed on appearing in the third Mummy film, 2008’s Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor. (And who could balme her for that though?) But now just a week after she was reported to be in talks to star in Sam Raimi’s Oz: The Great And Powerful comes word that she is also in talks for the lead female role in director Tony Gilroy’s The Bourne Legacy.
For Bourne Legacy, Weisz would star opposite two-time Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner, who will be playing a government operative who has received brainwashing similar to the type that Matt Damon’s Jason Bourne character was suffering from in the franchise’s first three films. In Oz, Weisz would play the evil witch Evanora who convinces her good sister Theodora (Mila Kunis) to join her in an attempt to take over the magical land of Oz.
While it would be great to see Weisz in both roles, scheduling may preclude it. Oz is currently set to begin filming this summer while Bourne has a September start date. I suppose that some creative scheduling could be done to accommodate her for both productions but it could depend on the size of each role.
I suspect we’ll see how this plays out shortly.