Academy Award winner Rachel Weisz is in talks to portray one of the most beautiful and iconic actresses from Hollywood’s golden era. According to THR, Weisz is “loosely” attached to star as MGM legend, Hedy Lamarr in a biopic focusing on her complicated and multifaceted life. The film entitled Face Value, will be directed by Amy Redford (daughter of Robert Redford), who made her directorial debut last year at the Sundance Film Festival.
More on Face Value after ther jump.
Hedy Lamarr was one of the most prominent actresses during the 1940′s. She is best known for her portrayal of Delilah, from Cecil B. DeMille’s Biblical epic, Samson & Delilah. Even though there are plenty of old Hollywood tales to pull from, Redford wants to focus on the actresses little known career as a scientist. Lamarr was one of the many scientists who helped master the technique known as “frequency hopping,” which would later be used to catapult the use of modern wireless technology.
Weisz doesn’t particularly look like Lamarr, but I think she is a better choice over Charlize Theron who was previously linked to the project. Nothing against her acting, I just don’t see her in the role. The screenplay for Face Value was written by Jose Rivera and Gretchen Somerfeld, and will be produced by Nimbus Pictures. I’m actually amped to see this hidden side of Lamarr on the big screen. I’m not personally familiar with her scientific background, but I would like to know about that important but widely ignored aspect of her life.
What do you think of Redford and Weisz teaming up to for a Lamarr adaptation?