Rachel Weisz to Play Twin OB/GYNs on Amazon Prime
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Rachel Weisz fans, prepare yourselves for a double-take: The actress will be starring in an upcoming TV reboot of an ‘80s thriller. Playing a set of twins, she'll be performing alongside herself.
Weisz is slated to headline and executive produce a made-for-TV adaptation of David Cronenberg’s 1988 film Dead Ringers for Amazon Prime, according to Deadline.
For those who are unfamiliar with the psychological thriller, the film follows twin male gynecologists played by Jeremy Irons who, as per IMDB, “take full advantage of the fact that nobody can tell them apart until their relationship begins to deteriorate over a woman.” Weisz is on board to play a gender-swapped iteration of the film.
Writer Alice Birch’s reimagining of the film as a series will feature Weisz as twins who are "identical from head to toe” and “on a mission to change the way women birth, starting with Manhattan.”
“[...] this drama based on the David Cronenberg '80s cult classic, takes us to darker and stranger territory than we could have possibly imagined,” says Deadline, adding that there will be a difference in tone and an emphasis on women’s health issues.
The publication also reported that Weisz was apparently a fan of the 1988 film and is the reason behind the project getting made. After partnering with Annapurna TV, Birch was brought in to write the adaptation on spec. The film, which has been in development for about two years, came to Amazon after a pitch meeting over Zoom. The meeting resulted in Amazon putting in a straight-to-series order.
Weisz’s other upcoming projects include her first Marvel film, opposite Scarlett Johansson in Black Widow, which was due out in May of this year. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Disney delayed the film’s release. It’s unclear when the film will return, but if the company follows the plan it’s currently rolling out with their live-action Mulan film, fans may get Black Widow on their TVs sooner rather than later.