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Rachel Weisz might 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.

The Endeavor-repped Weisz stars in "Agora," Alejandro Amenabar's historical epic that premieres next week at the Festival de Cannes, and she plays an eccentric love interest in Summit's upcoming con-man pic "The Brothers Bloom."

Weisz was recently cast in "The Whistleblower," the story of a Midwestern police officer who travels to postwar Bosnia and exposes atrocities.

Redford, also an actress (and the daughter of Robert Redford), made her directing debut with the drama "The Guitar" at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. (partialdiff)