Rachel Weisz Shares Secret ‘Oz’ Lightning Powers

Rachel Weisz may have steered clear of the kind of bigger films, like “The Mummy” movies, that made her a star in recent years, but the next year will find her back in a big way.

As the female lead in “The Bourne Legacy” opposite Jeremy Renner and one of three witches flying about Sam Raimi’s “Oz: The Great and Powerful,” out next year, the Academy Award winner should have plenty of time back in the spotlight for 2012 and 2013.

MTV News’ Josh Horowitz sat down with Weisz to chat about her upcoming projects, secret powers and the unexpected physical aspect of starring in a “Bourne” movie.

Raimi’s take on the world of the Wizard of Oz remains a big mystery, since we haven’t heard or seen much from the set, but Weisz was able to confirm that the new movie will go back to the source material, instead of building on the famous film.

“It’s absolutely separate from the classic film. Frank L. Baum wrote ten or so volumes of the whole mythology of the Emerald City, Oz, et cetera, so this is the story of how the wizard got there. So it’s pre-Dorothy,” Weisz said. “It’s really nothing to do with ’The Wizard of Oz’ in a sense. It’s much, much earlier.”

Weisz explained that “Oz: The Great and Powerful” takes more of the origin story approach to the classic tales. “It’s how the wizard, James Franco, ended up in the Emerald City,” Weisz said. “In the Emerald City, there live three witches: Glinda—Michelle Williams—who is the good witch, Theodora—Mila Kunis—and myself are sisters. I’m a big sister, and we both are more on the dark side.”

But what’s an evil witch without some special powers? Weisz confirmed hers for the movie. “Well, I have a magic power, which is lightning,” she said. “That was the key.”

Special effects lightning is great and all, but nothing can compare to real action. Weisz experienced more of that than she was expecting for “The Bourne Legacy.”

Weisz shared some of her experience filming action sequences in Asia and the perils of making a “Bourne” movie. “I’ve just been in the Philippines for two months doing stunts, essentially running through the streets of Manila,” she said. “Basically, in ’Bourne,’ it turns out that you do your own stunts. You just do all of them, and that’s kind of normal. I didn’t know it was going to be quite as scary as it was, but I feel like more of a man getting through it.”

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