Rachel Weisz To Invent The Internet As Hollywood Icon Hedy Lamarr

Everyone loves tales of Old Hollywood, and the screen icons that were made legendary in the 1930s and 1940s. It’s dangerous biopic territory to tread though, but if there is one actress who fits into the heady days of the ’40s, it’s Rachel Weisz, and she’ll be playing one of the most intriguing ladies of the era: Hedy Lamarr. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Weisz is attached to play the star in “Face Value,” an indie drama directed by Amy Redford.

Many regard Lamarr as one of the most beautiful actresses of all time. After narrow escaping Vienna during World War II, she moved to America and took up acting. With her Austrian heritage she was often cast in “exotic” roles, and shot to fame in Cecil B. DeMille’s “Samson and Delilah.” Her career faltered after playing the Biblical temptress and she only made a few films after that, the last being in 1958.

But “Face Value” will concentrate more on her eccentric life and post-Hollywood accomplishments. What is really intriguing about Lemarr is that once her film career stalled she pursued a career in science, specializing in mechanical technology. She helped invent a form of frequency hopping that later paved the way for wireless communication. Did you ever think that you owed your time here on the MTV Movies Blog to a glamorous actress?

Readers, does the wireless connection have you hooked on this Hedy Lamarr biopic? Is Rachel Weisz right for the part?