Weisz plays twin female doctors who share everything — careers, drugs, lovers — in the teaser for Blondie’s “Heart of Glass.”
Rachel Weisz doubles as Dr. Mantles’ twin in the gender-swapped adaptation of David Cronenberg’s 1988 psychological thriller Dead Ringers. Weisz plays identical twins Beverly and Elliot Mantle, who both work as gynecologists at a successful obstetrics clinic.
The Prime Video series aims to explore their toxic codependency in a high-pressure profession. According to the official synopsis, in “Dead Ringers,” a modern take on Cronenberg’s 1988 thriller starring Jeremy Irons, Weisz will play the double leads of Elliot and Beverly Mantle, twins who share everything: drugs, lovers and unapologetic desire. do everything possible, including pushing the boundaries of medical ethics, to challenge outdated practices and advance women’s health care.
Britne Oldford, Michael Chernus, Poppy Liu, Emily Meade and Jennifer Ehle round out the cast.
The six-episode limited series was created by Alice Birch (“Normal People,” “The Wonder”). Birch is writing and executive producing the first two episodes and co-directing the series finale with director Sean Durkin (“Martha Marcy May Marlene,” “The Iron Claw”). Karyn Kusama (“Jennifer’s Body”, “Yellowjackets”), Karena Evans (“P-Valley”, “Snowfall”) and Lauren Wolkstein (“Family Friend”) form the directing team.
“Dead Ringers” is a co-production of Annapurna Television, Morgan Creek Entertainment and Amazon Studios. Weisz, the main character, also works as an executive producer on the series. This is the series’ first starring role in a TV series since the 1993 BBC miniseries The Scarlet and the Black with Ewan McGregor.
Weisz said Fashion that seeing Cronenberg’s “Dead Ringers” for the first time is an experience you’ll never forget. “It’s just seared into my memory,” Weisz said. “I liked that it was deeply psychological, deeply twisted, perverse and exciting. I think it’s a pretty fertile field.”
He continued: “I think there is camp in the original film, but it was very important to us, especially the British. I think camp is a big part of our culture.”
“Eastern Promises” director David Cronenberg next teams up with Vincent Cassel on the existential sci-fi afterlife drama “The Shrouds.”
“Dead Ringers” premieres April 21 on Prime Video.
Check out the trailer below.
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