First Look: Rachel Weisz in Alejandro Amenábar's Agora

November 30, 2008

First Look: Rachel Weisz in Alejandro Amenábar's Agora

All we've seen this holiday weekend is nothing but first look photo debuts and today we have yet another. Back in April we wrote about a film called Agora where filmmaker Alejandro Amenábar wanted to allow "the audience to see, feel and smell a remote civilization as if it were as real as today." The civilization in question - the Egyptians during the 4th century AD. In the film, Rachel Weisz stars as astrologer and philosopher Hypatia of Alexandria who fights to save the collected wisdom of the ancient world. Courtesy of (via Twitch), we've got our first look at Rachel Weisz and Amenábar working on set.

Below you'll see Alejandro Amenábar, of Open Your Eyes, The Others, and The Sea Inside, directing Weisz on the elaborate set. In the previous article, we checked out a few photos of the enormous set that was being built Malta. It looks like Amenábar is sparing no expense making this as epic as possible.

Rachel Weisz in Agora

Agora is an English language film described as a historical drama set in Roman Egypt. The film concerns a slave who turns to the rising tide of Christianity in the hopes of pursuing freedom while also falling in love with his master, the famous female philosophy professor and atheist Hypatia of Alexandria. In addition to Weisz, Max Minghella stars as her slave Davus, and Oscar Isaac, Rupert Evans, and Michael Lonsdale also appear. Production wrapped in Malta back in June and the film is currently in post-production, aiming for a December 18th, 2009 release from Focus Features. We'll bring you more updates as we come across them.

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My God, the pic looks like a painting. The plot sounds fascinating. Can't wait!

MCab on Nov 30, 2008


I can't wait to see it, Rachel is one of my favorite actresses and the film looks great so far.

Maggie on Nov 30, 2008


Looks like this has the potential be an amazing epic film.

tzarinna on Nov 30, 2008


she is so incredible and I can not wait to her in another film and one of this caliber will be fantastic!! I cant wait to see her in the brothers bloom and this already looks great!! she is just the right actress for this role, there was no one better.

tyler wilson on Nov 30, 2008


Such a long wait for a promising film. Sounds like the studio is trying to shoot for next year's Oscars. I love Rachel Weisz as much as the next giddy fanboy, but I just hope this doesn't get lost along with the release James Cameron's Avatar which is also aiming for December 2009, if I can recall.

Frost on Nov 30, 2008


I can see why she chose this over the mummy 3

Jaf on Nov 30, 2008


Excellent! The set looks amazing, and I love the cast! #6: Definitely! If she chose the Mummy 3, well we all know how that ended up...LOL!

Hyacinth on Nov 30, 2008


I love ancient Egyptian films!

Scott McHenry on Dec 1, 2008


Hahaha #6

Ryan on Dec 4, 2008


Certainly a great movie and of course the Rachel Weisz was the best actress to play this role is my favorite actress and I am counting the days for the premiere of The Brothers Bloom and for that new movie and now we know why she did The Mummy 3 .

Carlos on Dec 29, 2008


Ah, this film appears to showcase three of my favorite ancient civilisations, namely the Greeks, the Romans and the Egyptians. Really looking forward to it.

Melkor on Feb 26, 2009


Looking forward to see the movie! Being of Maltese nationality I had the opportunity to witness some local action and even met couple actors. Can't wait 😛

Malta on Jul 20, 2009

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