Rachel Weisz ‘to play ’40s movie icon Hedy Lamarr in biopic’

May 13th, 2009 - 12:36 pm ICT by ANI  

London, May 13 (ANI): British actress Rachel Weisz is loosely attached to play Hedy Lamarr, the 1940s screen siren who combined beauty with brains, in Amy Redford’s indie tale ‘Face Value’.

The biopic centers on Lamarr’s eccentric life, particularly her less publicized second career as a scientist.

Discovered by Hollywood boss Louis B Mayer and signed with MGM studios, Lamarr was born in Vienna and began her career in European cinema. Her films include White Cargo, Ziegfeld Girl and her most famous role of all in Cecil B DeMille’s Samson and Delilah, reports The Telegraph.

But she was also a typical example of “beauty with brains.” The stunner helped to create a method of changing frequencies - known as frequency-hopping -that became a forerunner to modern wireless communications.

Lamarr made her last film in 1957 and died in 2000.

Weisz, 38, is in negotiations for the role in the film directed by Redford, daughter of Robert Redford.

Weisz was recently cast in “The Whistleblower,” the story of a Midwestern police officer who travels to post-war Bosnia and exposes atrocities. (ANI)

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