Actress Maria Bello spoke to MTV about The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. She is playing the role of Evelyn Carnahan O’Connell, who was played by Rachel Weisz in the previous films.
“I think Rachel is so brilliant, and she was beautiful in that part, but they wrote my character so differently, I felt like it was a totally different woman,” Bello said. “She has the same name, but she’s quite a different character.”
“In the beginning of the movie I do a sword fight with an invisible mummy,” Bello said. “I had to be on wires and do sword work. It took days to do, and it was so much fun. I would do flips on the wire and I’d land down and be like a little kid.”
I don’t really like re-casting roles, it doesn’t look the same. (Duh!) But I can understand why Rachel decided not to rejoin Brendan Fraser for more Mummy adventures. I mean if you win an Oscar you don’t want to go back to some popcorn movies you did 5 years ago. You want to look forward to the future and do more Oscar worthy movies like The Lovely Bones with Peter Jackson. But Rachel’s departure didn’t stop the franchise, in fact its actually gaining steam, as Maria Bello tells us.
Bello admits to having so much fun, in fact, that she’s looking forward to three more “Mummy” movies, confessing that she’s already signed on for a whole trilogy of sequels.
“I don’t know when, but it’s going,” she said. “[There will] absolutely be ‘The Mummy 4.’ “
And when there is, Bello says she’s already got an idea for where it can film.
“Something that takes place in the Amazon,” Bello suggested.
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor will be on the big screen in August.