FilmJerk (US), August 20, 2003
Rachel Weisz Cast as “Constantine” Female Lead
From a number of sources, FilmJerk.com has learned that Rachel Weisz has been cast in Warner Bros.’ “Constantine,” an adaptation of the DC Comic comic book “Hellblazer.” Weisz, who was last seen in “The Shape of Things” and “Confidence” – as well as the upcoming fall films “Envy” and “the Runaway Jury” – will be playing Angela, the lead female role. Reeves and Weisz previously co-starred together in the ill-fated 1996 film "Chain Reaction."
As we initially reported in June, producers were looking to cast an actress for a role described as a “beautiful, intelligent and strong detective in her mid 20's to mid 30's, imbued with more than just instinct and seems to be in the right place at the right time where her perps are concerned. She serves as the foil to John Constantine (played by Keanu Reeves), a world-traveling man with occult powers who investigates supernatural mysteries, often walking a thin line between evil and good.
According to our earlier casting notes, Angela meets Constantine in an effort to enlist his help in tracking down her twin sister's murderer, even though initially it seems like a suicide. She is deeply religious and becomes very concerned when it seems that supernatural forces are involved in her sister's death. Through this journey, she realizes just how strong she is without having to be so tough.
Although the original casting notice made it a point to note that they were looking for Hispanic and African-American actresses for this role, they chose London-born Weisz instead.
In related news, the casting director for the film is looking to cast a younger version of the Angela role, as well as her identical sister Isabel. According to casting notices obtained this afternoon by FilmJerk.com, producers are looking to cast 8- to 10-year-old identical twins to play the sisters, looking especially for those who bear a physical resemblance to Weisz. The casting notes indicate they are non-speaking roles, but “require good actors who can react, follow direction and are not afraid to ride on a swing.”
“Constantine” is set to start filming on September 22 in Los Angeles and is scheduled to open 360 days later on September 17th, 2004.