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Rachel Weisz. (Photo: Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images for BFI)

There’s been some chatter about Rachel Weisz’s actor husband Daniel Craig‘s recent comments about playing Bond, and since the dust has cleared, it’s probably much ado about nothing.

Now it’s Weisz who has people’s chins wagging. She’s set to take on the role of Queen Anne’s confidant Sarah in the forthcoming film The Favourite. Kate Winslet was originally on board but for unknown reasons is no longer tied to the project, reports The Guardian.

Broadchurch actress Olivia Colman takes on the role of Queen Anne, with American actress Emma Stone rounding out the cast as the Queen’s worse-for-wear cousin.

Weisz will be reuniting with director Yorgos Lanthimos, whom she worked with on the quirky comedy The Lobster.

If you missed it, here’s a peek at the trailer for the dating satire The Lobster, also starring Colman, London Spy‘s Ben Whishaw and Colin Farrel:

The Favourite is expected to come out in 2017.

In the meantime, we can look forward to seeing the British actress in Youth, starring opposite Michael Caine, premiering December 5, 2015. She’s set to star in 2016’s The Light Between the Oceans, opposite Michael Fassbender and Swedish actress Alicia Vikander.

What do you think about the casting switch-up?

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By Brigid Brown