Maria Bello Replaces Rachel Weisz in Mummy 3

Variety reports that actress Maria Bello has officially replaced Rachel Weisz for the upcoming “Mummy 3″ movie. She’ll be joining the returning Brendan Fraser, who has starred in all three “Mummy” films, and newcomer Luke Ford, who will be playing the couple’s teenage son, and whose character is expected to carry on the “Mummy” films post-”Mummy 3″. Also in the cast is Jet Li in his second villainous role (both for Hollywood, curiously), and Michelle Yeoh.

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.

Scripted by “Smallville” creators Miles Millar and Alfred Gough, the film brings the O’Connells and their full-grown son (Ford) to the forbidden tombs of China and the Himalayas, where they battle a shape-shifting mummy, a former Chinese emperor (Li) cursed by a wizard (Yeoh).

The film will be directed by Rob Cohen (“The Fast and the Furious”), and Egyptian mummies will be replaced by Chinese ones, hence the casting of Li and Yeoh.

Maria Bello’s films include “Payback”, “A History of Violence”, and “Flicka”. In 2007 she can also be seen in “Butterfly on a Wheel”, “The Jane Austen Book Club”, “Downloading Nancy”, and “Nothing is Private”. The woman likes to work, if you can’t already tell.



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  • Mike

    Really Bad casting, Maria Bello is no Rachel Weisz.

  • Mike

    Really Bad casting, Maria Bello is no Rachel Weisz.

  • Mike

    Really Bad casting, Maria Bello is no Rachel Weisz.

  • jim b

    Whats wrong with Maria Bello? She’s a good actress. It’s not like Weisz is THAT good.

  • jim b

    Whats wrong with Maria Bello? She’s a good actress. It’s not like Weisz is THAT good.

  • jim b

    Whats wrong with Maria Bello? She’s a good actress. It’s not like Weisz is THAT good.

  • kuliting

    Rachel Weisz should have reprise her role as Evelyn in the third movie of The Mummy , after all , The Mummy Franchise catapulted her to fame.

  • kuliting

    Rachel Weisz should have reprise her role as Evelyn in the third movie of The Mummy , after all , The Mummy Franchise catapulted her to fame.

  • kuliting

    Rachel Weisz should have reprise her role as Evelyn in the third movie of The Mummy , after all , The Mummy Franchise catapulted her to fame.

  • kmsabin

    Rachel Weisz IS Evy…how can they try to replace her? Replacing set characters just pisses audiences off. I’m gonna hate this movie cause I’ll want Rachel there. Maria Bello doesnt even look close to Rachel. They could’ve at least tried to find a better match. So far everything I’ve heard about this movie makes me think it’ll flop…which is sad cause I love the first and second one.

    • Slim

      I couldn’t agree with you more, I loved the first two. Their chemistry was great. I’ll probably go burn my money anyway though. They should have asked Kate Beckinsale.

    • Slim

      I couldn’t agree with you more, I loved the first two. Their chemistry was great. I’ll probably go burn my money anyway though. They should have asked Kate Beckinsale.