Back in August of 2020 Amazon announced an adaptation of the grotesque David Cronenberg classic 1988 feature Dead Ringers.
This version of the story has cast Rachel Weisz in the double lead role of Eliot and Beverly Mantle. They’re twins pushing the boundaries of what is possible in the field of women’s health.
Now Michael Chernus joins the fold as Tom, an extremely intelligent scientist who joins Elliot in her dangerous journey to change the landscape of women’s medicine forever. Chernus is best known for his time on Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black. He has also appeared in other series like Easy, Ramy, Tommy, and Manhattan. Another of the actor’s more notable roles was in Marvel’s Spiderman: Homecoming.
The new series version of Dead Ringers has tapped Alice Birch to write and produce. Weisz is also taking on the mantel of executive producer for the series which she is starring in as two different characters. Other executives on the show include Stacy O’Neil, Sue Naegle and Ali Krug from Annapurna Television.
Synopsis for the 1988 film Dead Ringers
Elliot (Jeremy Irons), a successful gynecologist, works at the same practice as his identical twin, Beverly (also Irons). Elliot is attracted to many of his patients and has affairs with them. When he inevitably loses interest, he will give the woman over to Beverly, the meeker of the two, without the woman knowing the difference. Beverly falls hard for one of the patients, Claire (Geneviève Bujold), but when she inadvertently deceives him, he slips into a state of madness.
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