Naw. Weisz was really cute in the first movie, but had noticeably lost her cuteness-edge in "Mummy Returns." I'm not saying she was unappealing, just that she had lost the edge that put her over the top for the 1999 flick.
her and Frazier had much better chemistry
Did anyone ever
watch either of first two movies and say "Oh, the chemistry of Fraser & Weisz was just so phenomenal"
? (It's a rhetorical question).
Weisz opted out of this third flick because she had a 1 year-old son and didn't want to leave him to shoot in China for weeks-on-end (or months). What were the producers gonna do, scrap the entire project because one replaceable actress opted out?
Maybe she thought she was too good for a Mummy sequel after shooting pretentiously dull drivel like "The Fountain," who knows? (Speaking as someone who likes
pretentious art flicks, just not pretentiously dull
"had noticeably lost her cuteness-edge"....ALRIGHTY.
I know what you mean (it sounds awkward), but I didn't know how else to put it. Let me clarify: There was a noticeable physical change in Weisz between "The Mummy" and "The Mummy Returns." After seeing "Returns" in the theater, I pointed this out to a friend who was with me and he totally agreed (so it's not just me); it almost seemed like a different actress -- she was thinner and without her roundish (not fat) cuteness observed in the first flick.
Of course she was still certainly attractive in "Returns" and it would've been great if she opted to join the cast for "Tomb of the Dragon Emperor," but she decided against it.
I'm just saying that Weisz was far from irreplaceable as she wasn't really that instrumental to the success of the first two films. There are thousands of cute, winsome actresses that can fill the bill and would kill to get it.