September 11, 2007 - Actress Maria Bello is best known for appearing in serious arthouse films such as A History of Violence and The Jane Austen Book Club rather than effects-heavy Hollywood popcorn flicks, but all that will change next summer when The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor opens.
Bello, who takes over as Evelyn Carnahan from Oscar winner Rachel Weisz, even dyed her trademark blond locks auburn for the Rob Cohen-directed actioner. The actress says her version of Evey, wife of adventurer Rick O'Connell (Brendan Fraser), will be tougher than Weisz's bookish heroine.
"She has the same name, but she's a very different character than Rachel played," Bello informed Sci Fi Wire at the Toronto International Film Festival. "She's a bad-ass action chick. I had to train a lot. I had to do wushu, a martial-art form, some kickboxing, swordfighting, rifle training for a couple of months before we even started shooting."