Is there any known reason as to why the actress for Evie was changed in The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor?

From what I saw in other films, ... it is a very unusual step for that to happen at all so I guess the reasons are appropriate.


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Rachel Weisz reportedly dropped out because "the script was crap".

Bad news Mummy fans. Rachel Weisz has officially dropped out of The Mummy 3.

You might remember a few months ago we were the first place to break the scoop that there was trouble with Mummy 3. At the time we told you that Weisz was hesitant to take part in the third sequel because of severe problems with the script. Of course shortly after we posted that story, Universal called us to refute it. It looks like their claim that everything was fine with Mummy 3 was nothing more than PR spin. We had it right.

The same source that broke that original info to us contacted me tonight to update us on why Weisz left. Our source says, “the script is still in the same shape that it was the last time I told you about, meaning that its still crap and Weisz finally took the high road out of there.” It sounds like even if they do manage to get other key cast members to participate, it won’t matter. It will take a miracle to make The Mummy 3 good.

Cinema Blend, Rachel Weisz Leaves Mummy 3

Other sources report she also didn't want to leave her infant son and that the problem with the script was she was supposed to be the mother of a 21 year old which would make her character too old.

Director Rob Cohen has claimed that Rachel Weisz turned down a role in the third Mummy movie because her character was "too old".

The 37-year-old played Egyptologist Evelyn Carnahan in 1999's The Mummy and 2001 sequel The Mummy Returns, but declined to appear in upcoming sequel The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.

Her representative said the actress did not want to leave behind two-year-old child Henry to spend five months shooting in China.

However, Cohen claims Weisz was furious that her character has an adult son in the new film, telling Heat: "I got a very angry phone call from her agent, saying she'll never play the mother of a 21-year-old. I said, 'OK, good, fine, bye.'"

Weisz has been replaced by Maria Bello in the third instalment, which is due for release in August.

Digital Spy, Weisz criticised for 'Mummy' decision


According to wikipedia Rachel Weiss did not like the script and had given birth shortly before so the role was recast.

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