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Rachel Weisz will double up for her first leading role in a TV series.
The Oscar winner will star in and executive produce Dead Ringers, an adaptation of the 1988 feature film from David Cronenberg at Amazon. The tech giant’s Prime Video streaming platform has given a straight-to-series order to the project.
The movie starred Jeremy Irons as identical twin gynecologists whose relationship deteriorates over a woman. The series will feature Weisz as 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.
Emmy nominee Alice Birch (Hulu’s Normal People) is writing and executive producing the show, which comes from Amazon Studios and Annapurna Television. Weisz was the catalyst for the project, bringing the idea to Annapurna
“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 at 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.”
Said Weisz, “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.”
Weisz earned an Oscar nomination in 2019 for The Favourite and will next be seen in Marvel’s Black Widow. Her recent credits also include The Mercy, My Cousin Rachel and The Light Between Oceans.
She executive produces Dead Ringers with Stacy O’Neil; Birch; Annapurna’s Megan Ellison, Sue Naegle and Ali Krug; and James G. Robinson, David Robinson and Barbara Wall for Morgan Creek.
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