11 May 2009 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Cannes -- Rachel Weisz may be going Old Hollywood.

The British actress is loosely attached to play MGM icon Hedy Lamarr in Amy Redford's indie tale "Face Value."

"Value" centers on Lamarr's eccentric life, particularly her less-publicized second career as a scientist.

The Austrian-American actress garnered fame in the 1940s for her luminous screen presence, most famously for playing Delilah in Cecil B. DeMille's "Samson and Delilah." But she also was an accomplished scientist, helping to create a method of changing frequencies -- known as frequency-hopping -- that became a forerunner to modern wireless communications. That pursuit will be the primary subject of Redford's film.

Charlize Theron's name had surfaced in connection with the part.

Jose Rivera and Gretchen Somerfeld penned the script. The project was the winner last fall of a Tfi Sloan Filmmaker grant at the Sundance Institute.

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- By Steven Zeitchik

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