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Amazon Prime Video Snags Rachel Weisz for ‘Dead Ringers’ Reboot, ‘Warrior Nun’ Gets Second Season From Netflix

Fern Siegel

Rachel Weisz is starring and executive producing “Dead Ringers” for Amazon Prime Video. The series adapts the 1988 David Cronenberg film, which starred Jeremy Irons. This round, Weisz plays twisted twin gynecologists who share drugs, lovers and various obsessions. This is the dark side of medicine; the original film was based on a real-life story.

Netflix has ordered a second season of the action-packed “Warrior Nun.” A 19-year-old named Ava (Alba Baptista) awakens in a morgue with a divine artifact embedded in her back. Now part of an ancient order, she has a new mission: fighting demons on Earth.

Here’s a look at other deals and upcoming projects:

  • “The Boys” (Amazon Prime) is planning a third season, adding “Supernatural” star Jensen Ackles, who portrays Soldier Boy. He’s notable for being “the original superhero” who fought in World War II and became “the first super celebrity and a mainstay of American culture for decades.”

  • Bryan Cranston is the lead human in the new movie “The One and Only Ivan,” playing a ringmaster of a troubled big-top show. Ivan is his gorilla star. The Disney+ film, debuting August 21, is based on an award-winning book about a gorilla named Ivan who spent 27 years performing at an indoor shopping mall in Tacoma. Some of the animals are voiced by Angelina Jolie, who is also a producer. Other cast members include Helen Mirren, Danny DeVito and Sam Rockwell as “Ivan.

  • “Unpregnant” has released its trailer for the original HBO Max film, based on the young adult novel by Jenni Hendriks. A high-school senior looking forward to college decides to explore her options, relying on her friend for help.

  • “The Elvis Tribute” has begun on the official Ed Sullivan YouTube channel. The king of rock ’n’ roll kicked off his national reign on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” America’s most popular variety show anointed him before 60 million viewers.

  • Michelle Buteau: Welcome to Buteaupia” is the comic’s first Netflix special, directed by Page Huritz, who also directed stand-up shows for Tiffany Haddish and Wanda Sykes. Buteau is known for playing “First Wives Club” on BET+ and appearing n “Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens.” It drops Sept. 29.

  • Tubi will now distribute “MasterChef” and “LEGO Masters” on its platform. The AVOD will be the only streamer in the U.S. to carry “MasterChef Australia,” “MasterChef Mexico,” “MasterChef Canada” and the UK and Australian versions of “LEGO Masters.”

  • “A.P Bio: The Podcast” is just out to promote the series’ third season, which launches Sept. 3 on Peacock. This marks the first podcast series for NBCUniversal’s new streaming service. Cast members Eddie Leavy (“Anthony”) and Sari Arambulo (“Grace”) chat with guests, including “A.P. Bio” creator Mike O’Brien and stars Glenn Howerton (“Jack”) and Patton Oswalt (“Principal Durbin”) as they share behind-the-scenes elements of the show.

‘Warrior Nun’ Trailer