Rachel Weisz Reportedly Dropped ‘The Mummy 3’ Because Her Character Got ‘Old’

Rachel Weisz is one of Hollywood’s most acclaimed actors. The Oscar winner has been a force in the entertainment industry for more than two decades. Weisz has been acting professionally since the early 90s. But that wasn’t until she appeared in the action epic The Mummy that she became a star in American films. While Weisz continued to appear in the film’s hit sequel, The return of the mummyshe wasn’t in the 2008 franchise finale, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Empire — apparently, due to the fact that the film would have required his character to age too drastically.

Rachel Weisz had her breakthrough role as Evelyn Carnahan in ‘The Mummy’

Rick (played by Brendan Fraser, left) and Evelyn (played by Rachel Weisz) prepare for trouble in “The Mummy Returns.” | Keith Hamshere/Universal Studios

Born and raised in London, Weisz began modeling when she was just 14 years old. Her striking looks have earned her accolades. And according to IMDb, in the early 90s, she landed acting roles in English productions and films. For several years, Weisz starred in screen and stage productions. In 1999, her career trajectory would be supercharged when she appeared as Evelyn Carnahan in The Mummy.

The film became a big hit. Fans loved not only Weisz’s characterization of Evelyn, but also her chemistry with her. Brendan Fraser as well. Thanks to the resounding success of The Mummy, Weisz became a huge star in Hollywood. She landed roles in a succession of big budget movies and cemented his status as a star to watch.

Rachel Weisz Didn’t Return for Third ‘Mummy’ Movie

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The return of the mummy was released in 2001, two years after the first film became a hit. At that time, Weisz, along with Fraser, were major stars. And fans turned out in droves to watch the two battle armies of the undead. The return of the mummy was a huge hit, and producers immediately began planning a third film. However, it would be another seven years before a third film officially entered production. And while Fraser was on board, Weisz was not.

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor was released in 2008. It starred Mario Bello as Evelyn, replacing Weisz and acting alongside Fraser’s Rick O’Connell. And as the film’s director, Rob Cohen, tells us, there was a major reason why Weisz didn’t sign on for the third film.

According BuzzFeed, Cohen would later relate that Weisz was not comfortable with the way the characters aged in the film. “I got a very angry phone call from her agent, saying she would never play the mother of a 21-year-old. I said, ‘OK, fine, fine, bye,'” a said Cohen.

‘The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor’ was the franchise’s lowest-grossing film

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According to BuzzFeed, Weisz indirectly disputes Cohen’s account of why she didn’t sign up for The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. She said filming would have required her to live in China for five months while filming, leaving her 2-year-old son behind. Rumors that Weisz was unhappy with the script itself also circulated. However, in the end, fans had to come to terms with the fact that Weisz had moved on to other projects and apparently had no intention of getting involved again with the franchise that made her a star.

Interesting way, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor was the lowest-grossing film of the trilogy, according to IMDb. It only grossed around $403 million worldwide and received generally negative reviews from critics. Whether Weisz’s absence from the film ended up cursing the production is debatable. But fans certainly weren’t lining up to see the Evelyn-less action flick they’d come to love.

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