Prominent Egyptian actress Laila Elwi was outside of Egypt when a fire broke out in the bedroom of her apartment. There were no casualties reported.
According to the Egyptian based daily, Al Ahram, once the news reached the actress, she revealed that only her strong fate saved her from being in the fire, especially since she was due back in Egypt at the time of the fire. She was not able to find flight reservations and was forced to postpone her return, she explained.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
On a different note, Laila 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.
Laila based her decision on the fact that the story of the film is weak, and contains scenes with nudity.
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 a woman played by Laila, who comes to Egypt seeking the remains of her lost lover who died during WWII.