Prominent Egyptian actress Laila Elwi has apologized for being unable to accept an offer for the leading role in the film “Zawjat Abu El Hool” (Wife of the Sphinx). The film’s producers have also nominated actors Hisham Salim, Khaled Al Nabawi and Hind Sabri to star in the film.
According to the UAE based daily, Al Bayan, Laila based her decision on the fact that the story of the film is weak, and contains scenes with nudity.
On a different note, Elwi will star in a new film “Al Ahramat bi laon al Mafia” (The Pyramids in the Color of the Mafia), a joint Egyptian Swedish production.
Elwi stars alongside renowned actor John Paltro and a number of stars from around the Arab world and abroad.
The film revolves around the destruction of historical monuments in Egypt, and the life of one woman (played by Laila), who comes to Egypt seeking the remains of her lost lover who died during WWII.
Filming of the production will take place in a number of Swedish villages and historical sights in Egypt. The film’s budget has been set at 15 million US dollars to accommodate the on-location filming.