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Elisabeth Moss to play real-life killer Candy Montgomery for TV

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Story by Jack Foley

ELISABETH Moss real-life killer Candy Montgomery in a new TV series.

Candy is based on the true story of Montgomery and her victim, Betty Gore. Set in Texas, in 1980, the story will follow Candy (Moss), who seemingly had it all — a loving husband with a good job, a daughter and son and a nice house in the new suburbs — but who killed her friend from church with an axe.

As yet, no network is attached but the series is being developed by Universal Content Productions, with the studio planning to shop the drama to premium cable networks and streaming services.

Mad Men and The Act Emmy nominee Robin Veith has penned the script for the pilot and will executive produce alongside Nick Antosca, whom she worked with on The Act. Moss will also executive produce.

UCP president Dawn Olmstead commented: “The unique tale of Candy Montgomery is one Nick has been passionate about telling for a very long time. After working with Robin on The Act, the two crafted an incredible script that is tense, twisted and tempting.

“With her range of work speaking for itself, Elisabeth is dream casting for us and the care and thoughtfulness she will bring to the complex events that unfolded really deepens the project. I wish I was already sitting on the couch in a dark room watching the opening credits right now.”

Moss commented: “I have been wanting to play an anti-heroine for a while now, and have been trying to work with Robin again after Mad Men for even longer, so when she asked me if I wanted to play a housewife from Texas who, some would say, got away with murder, I simply said, ‘Where do I sign?’

“Adding the opportunity to work with Nick after his incredible work on The Act was like taking a delicious dessert and putting 100 cherries on top. My producing partner Lindsey and I are so thrilled to be partnering with them and Alex and Scott and everyone at UCP on a show that I believe is truly going to be like no other we’ve done and will be a role like none I’ve ever played.”

Moss has a busy schedule ahead of her. There’s season four of The Handmaid’s Tale, now due in 2021 after the Emmy-winning Hulu series had to shut down production amid the novel coronavirus. And she next has Wes Anderson’s star-studded The French Dispatch and Taiki Waititi’s Next Goal Wins.

She’s also attached to new horror, Run Rabbit Run.

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