Deadline is reporting that Rachel Weisz (The Favourite) is heading to the small screen for her first major TV role, with the Oscar-winning actress set to executive produce and star in a television reimagining of David Cronenberg’s Dead Ringers.
Written by Alice Birch (Normal People), Dead Ringers will see Weisz taking on dual roles as the Mantle twins, who are described as “the most successful, brilliant and extraordinary people you’ve never met. Identical from head to toe, these two OB-gyn’s are on a mission to change the way women birth, starting with Manhattan. Drugs, pioneering but very much illegal medical research, sex and falling in love, this drama based on the David Cronenberg 80s cult classic, takes us to darker and stranger territory than we could have possibly imagined.”
Weisz and Birch are executive producing the project, which has a straight-to-series order from Amazon and is being produced by Annapurna Television and Morgan Creek Entertainment, the latter of which produced Cronenberg’s movie.
Released in 1988, Dead Ringers starred Jeremy Irons as two identical twins who take full advantage of the fact that no one can tell them apart until their relationship begins to fracture and deteriorate over a woman.