Amazon is producing a series adaptation of David Cronenberg‘s 1988 psychological thriller Dead Ringers and Rachel Weisz is attached to star and executive produce it.
The original film starred Jeremy Irons, who played twin gynecologists who each begin a relationship with the same woman. In this new series, Weisz will take on the double lead role of the Mantle twins. “They 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 a fan of Weisz, I’m excited to see her take on these roles. This seems like it’ll be a good and challenging project to be a part of. She is the one who came up with the idea and she had this to say in a statement:
“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.”
Albert Cheng, COO and co-head of television for Amazon Studios added:
“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. 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.”
Producer Sue Naegle, Annapurna’s chief content officer, went on to say:
“This series is a thrilling tale about ambition, self-interest, and the manipulation of power. 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.”
The series will be written by Alice Birch, who recently worked on the Hulu project Normal People, and Amazon has ordered a full series order. What do you all think about this project? Is it something you’d be interested in watching with Weisz?