Rachel Weisz Becoming Astrologer in 'Agora'

Rachel Weisz

The former co-star of Brendan Fraser in 'The Mummy' series has been signed to play an Alexandrian astrologer-philosopher in Alejandro Amenabar's 'Agora'.

The former "The Mummy" beauty Rachel Weisz has been tapped to star in an ancient Egyptian epic entitled "Agora". According to Variety, the 37-year-old actress is set to play Hypatia, an Alexandrian astrologer-philosopher struggling to save the collected wisdom of the ancient world.

In the movie by "Vanila Sky" writer Alejandro Amenabar, she will showcase her acting skill alongside Max Minghella, Richard Gere's co-star in "Bee Season". Additionally, the co-star of Hugh Grant in "About a Boy" will be portraying her character under the direction of Amenabar in the helmer's second English-language film following Nicole Kidman's "The Others".

"Agora" that is set in the fourth century A.D. in Roman Egypt is an adventure drama movie. It picks up the destruction of the library of Alexandria. The film will also see Oscar Isaac, Ashraf Barhom, Michael Lonsdale, Rupert Evans and Homayoun Ershadi as the film's cast. Hollywood Reporter claimed that the filming will be started on Monday, March 17, in Malta and is going to last for about 15 weeks.

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    Tim - Atlanta
    Oct 12, 2008

    Though I may be wrong, and given the ancient overlap between the now very different areas of astronomy (a science) and astrology (a pseudoscience), it should be stated that Hypatia was known for her work in *astronomy*, mathematics, and philosophy, not astrology.

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