Evelyn Carnahan (Rachel Weisz in The Mummy and The Mummy Returns and Maria Bello in The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor) – also known as Evie – is a clever but clumsy Egyptologist in the Cairo Museum of Antiquities. She, along with Rick and her brother Jonathan, travels to the lost city of Hamunaptra, where she hopes to find a rare, ancient book, the book of Amun-Ra. When some Americans find the Book of the Dead, which was purported to give eternal life, Evie steals the book from the sleeping American Egyptologist and reads a page of it. This unintentionally resurrects the titular mummy, Imhotep. Imhotep wants to use her body as a vessel to resurrect his long-dead lover, Anck-su-namun, and he takes Evie captive. Upon being rescued, she reads a page from the book of Amun-Ra, rendering Imhotep mortal. Rick then stabs Imhotep in the stomach. While he dies, he returns to his original undead form as a rotting corpse with his final parting words, which Evie translates as “Death is only the beginning”. Evie shows little fighting skill but much bravery, such as when she attempts to shoot a Medjai with Rick’s gun, and fights Anck-su-namun. In the first part of the film she thinks Rick is “filthy, rude, a complete scoundrel. I don’t like him one bit”. However, as the first film progresses he slowly gains her trust and they eventually fall in love. She mentions that her and her brother’s mother was Egyptian, making her half-Egyptian, half-English.
In The Mummy, the character was originally meant to be Evelyn Carnarvon, the daughter of Lord Carnarvon, both present at the opening of Tutankhamen’s tomb in November 1922. She and her brother were to be the children of the “cursed” Lord Carnarvon. The only evidence of this left in the film is in the line where Evelyn tells O’Connell that her father was a “very, very famous explorer”.
In The Mummy Returns it is revealed that she is a reincarnation of the Egyptian princess, Nefertiri, the daughter of the Pharaoh whom Imhotep and Anck-su-namun killed. This makes her battle with Anck-su-namun personal, as they were also foes in their past lives. -wikipedia
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