Rachel Weisz heads to the 40s

Rachel Weisz to play ’40s movie icon Hedy Lamarr

Rachel Weisz is reportedly attached to play MGM icon Hedy Lamarr in Amy Redford’s indie tale “Face Value.”

The flick cenrtres on Lamarr’s eccentric life, particularly her less-publicized second career as a scientist.

Hedy Lamarr 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.

Weisz was recently cast in “The Whistleblower,” the story of a Midwestern police officer who travels to post-war Bosnia and exposes atrocities.