Weisz Joins 'Brothers' Con Game


Who's fooling whom? Rachel Weisz will take on two brothers who make it their business to lie for a living.

The Oscar-winning actress has signed on to star in the con man adventure "The Brothers Bloom" for writer-director Rian Johnson.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film centers on what happens when two con men siblings decide to pull one last job when the younger of the two threatens to quit the family business. A mysterious millionaire (Weisz) instead turns the tables on them.

The production has yet to cast the two thirtysomething American male leads. Although the story sounds vaguely like the Steve Martin-Michael Caine comedy "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," the fact that it's conceived by Johnson, whose teen film noir "Brick" won critical acclaim, should set it apart.

The $20 million indie project will begin production in February across 12 countries in Europe and Asia.

Weisz next stars opposite Hugh Jackman in Darren Aronofsky's "The Fountain," scheduled for release Nov. 22. She's been keeping busy, recently wrapping Wong Kar Wai's "My Blueberry Nights," still shooting "Definitely Maybe" and beginning production on "Smart People" in December.

The British actress won an Oscar for her supporting role as a pregnant activist in "The Constant Gardener." Her other films include "The Mummy," "The Mummy Returns," "Enemy at the Gates," "About a Boy," "Runaway Jury" and "Constantine."

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