Rachel Weisz in new take on Dead Ringers

Amazon Prime series will be a modern take on David Cronenberg’s 1988 thriller.

Rachel Weisz was recently announced to star in her first TV role in the Amazon Prime’s upcoming series Dead Ringers.

Alice Birch (Normal People) will write and executive produce the series, inspired by the 1988 feature of the same name.

In a modern take on David Cronenberg’s thriller starring Jeremy Irons, the series will feature Weisz playing the double lead role of the Mantle twins, who share everything: drugs, lovers, and an unapologetic desire to do whatever it takes, including pushing the boundaries on medical ethics in an effort to challenge antiquated practices and bring women’s healthcare to the forefront.

“As one of today’s most accomplished and versatile actresses, Rachel Weisz will captivate the Amazon Prime Video global audience with her take on these two ruthless, twisted characters,” said Albert Cheng, COO and Co-Head of Television, Amazon Studios. “This update to Dead Ringers explores the darker side of medicine, obsession, and the human condition, making it a compelling addition to our slate of Amazon Original series.”

“This series is a thrilling tale about ambition, self-interest, and the manipulation of power. Rachel’s unequivocal depth as an actor makes 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,” said Annapurna’s Chief Content Officer, Sue Naegle.

“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. I can’t wait to go on this journey with all of them,” said Rachel Weisz.

Weisz, who starred in the Oscar-winning dramedy, The Favourite, which earned her second Academy Award nomination for best supporting actress and won the BAFTA for Best Film Actress in a Supporting Role, incubated the idea, bringing the project to Annapurna. She next appears opposite Scarlett Johansson in the upcoming Black Widow, her first Marvel film. Her acclaimed role in The Constant Gardener earned her the Oscar, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards.

Dead Ringers is co-produced by Amazon Studios and Annapurna Television and is Executive Produced by Rachel Weisz, Stacy O’Neil, and Alice Birch, along with Megan Ellison, Sue Naegle, and Ali Krug for Annapurna Television, and James G. Robinson, David Robinson, and Barbara Wall for Morgan Creek.

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  1. This one will be interesting as Cronenberg’s Dead Ringers was probably one the hardest films I’ve sat through alongside Terry Gilliam’s Tidelands (2005)) and not because it’s bad because it’s just so shockingly grim (not had many re-watches maybe 2). So this will be as I say interesting, my only concern is that I hope they don’t lean into Nip/Tuck too much, like making that modern take about Plastic Surgery vs the films Gynaecologists.

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