Rachel Weisz is set to re-team with her "Constant Gardener" director Fernando Meirelles, as the Oscar-winning actress is attached to star in his sex-themed drama "360," her publicist has confirmed to TheWrap.
Two-time Oscar nominee Peter Morgan is writing the script, which will track several couples and their various sexual encounters.
"360" is inspired on Arthur Schnitzler's 1900 play "Reigen," which consisters of short scenes between lovers, usually shown before or after sex. After each scene, one half of the couple is then shown with another partner, and the cycle continues until all of the characters' liaisons come full circle.
Andrew Eaton will produce, while David Linde will exec produce, having been the co-president of Focus Features in 2005 when the company released "The Constant Gardener," which won Weisz her Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
BBC Films is co-financing the project with Austrian broadcaster ORF. No start date has been set yet.
Meirelles is the Oscar-nominated "City of God" director who is coming off the Julianne Moore-Mark Ruffalo drama "Blindness." While Meirelles' adaptation of Jose Saramago's novel was disappointing, he's the rare filmmaker who's willing to take chances with risky material, which is admirable, and this sexually-charged piece (which Weisz is well-suited for) could provide a return to form for him.
Weisz is currently earning Oscar buzz for her latest movie, "The Whistleblower," which debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival. There's a lot of competition in the Best Actress race this year, but I believe that she has dark horse potential and will not be overlooked this awards season.
The comely, raven-haired beauty (and fiance of "Black Swan" director Darren Aronofsky) will soon be seen opposite Daniel Craig in Jim Sheridan's "Dream House." She's about to begin filming Terrence Malick's untitled project in Oklahoma with Ben Affleck.
CAA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners represent Weisz, whose casting was first reported by Variety.