Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Maria Bello Replaces Rachel Weisz in The Mummy

It's official: Rachel Weisz is not coming back for the third installment in 'The Mummy' series, and is being replaced by Maria Bello to play Evie O'Connell. Bello is best known for her roles in 'ER', 'A History of Violence', Coyote Ugly', and 'Secret Window'.

In the new film - written by 'Smallville' creators Miles Millar and Alfred Gough and directed by Rob Cohen - adventurer Rick O'Connell (Brendan Fraser), his wife Evelyn and their son - played by Luke Ford - travel to the forbidden tombs of China and the Himalayas.

There they battle a shape-shifting mummy - who is a former Chinese emperor, played by Jet Li - and are cursed by a wizard, played by Michelle Yeoh.

'The Mummy' and 'The Mummy Returns' grossed more than $830 million worldwide for Universal, which will release the third film next summer.

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