Rachel Weisz Will Play Real-life Mercenary Maureen Dabbaugh In New Pete Travis Thriller 'Snatchback'

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Rachel Weisz is set to star as a mercenary hellbent on saving children in a new thriller by Pete Travis, Snatchback.

Playing a woman trying to help families find kidnapped children, Rachel Weisz will star in and produce the film with Frida Torresblanco (Pan's Labyrinth) as co-producer and Pete Travis (Dredd) as writer and director.

Rachel Weisz will portray Maureen Dabbagh, a real-life woman whose ex-husband abducted their toddler daughter and took her to the Middle East in 1992.

The movie version will see Rachel Weisz' character, Maureen Dabbaugh, become a mercenary who helps other families recover kidnapped children.

"As told by Pete Travis in his riveting script, Mo's story is powerful and exciting, but at its heart are deep maternal emotions that anyone in the world can relate to," said Protagonist Pictures CEO Mike Goodridge in a statement. "It's a powerhouse role and only an actress as gifted as Rachel could play it."

Currently, Maureen Dabbagh, who will be portrayed by Rachel Weisz, is a Certified Virginia Supreme Court Juvenile and Domestic Relations Mediator and has worked in more than 1,200 international child abduction cases over the past twenty years, according to mediate.com. Recognized as an expert by courts across the United States resulting in case law, she has provided testimony on this issue before both the state and federal Congress as well as the United Nations, Human Rights Commission.

Rachel Weisz' new project looks to be a story to which many can relate.

Pam Wright