You’ll be seeing double as Rachel Weisz will play twisted twins in the upcoming tv adaptation of Dead Ringers.
Amazon has given a straight to series order for a tv adaptation of the 1988 film Dead Ringers to its streaming platform. The original film was directed by David Cronenberg who is known for his twisted body-horror films that span from the 1970’s all the way through today. The film starred Jeremy Irons as twin gynecologists who begin relationships with their patients without them knowing they are different men. With drugs, sex, manipulation, and betrayal, that is just the tip of the iceberg for the twins.
Making this her first ever regular tv role, Rachel Weisz will be stepping into Irons’ dual role as the Mantle twins for the tv series. The show will follow the twins, who share everything — including drugs and lovers — as they push the boundaries of medical ethics in an effort to challenge old-fashioned practices and bring women’s health care to the forefront.
Weisz previously won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the 2005 film The Constant Gardner and was nominated in the same category in 2019 for her role in The Favourite. Weisz’s other film roles include My Cousin Rachel, The Mummy, The Lobster, The Shape of Things, and the highly anticipated upcoming Marvel movie Black Widow.
“I am so lucky to have such brilliant partners in Annapurna and Amazon Studios, and I’m thrilled to be collaborating with the exceptionally talented Alice Birch,” Weisz said in a statement. “I can’t wait to go on this journey with all of them.”
“This series is a thrilling tale about ambition, self-interest, and the manipulation of power,” added Sue Naegle, Annapurna’s chief content officer. “Rachel’s unequivocal depth as an actor make her the perfect person to bring the new Mantle twins to life in Alice’s fresh take on the original, which will no doubt be even more twisted.”
As mentioned in the above statements Alice Birch will be the series writer, she recently earned an Emmy nomination for Hulu’s Normal People. Birch will executive-produce along with Weisz on the project. Annapurna Pictures (Booksmart and Bombshell) will produce the show alongside Amazon.