The WandaVision actress will portray the role of Candy Montgomery, a suburban housewife from Wylie, Texas who murdered Betty Gore in 1980. Love and Death takes inspiration from the book Evidence of Love: A True Story of Passion and Death in the Suburbs, which is a collection of articles entitled “Love & Death In Silicon Prairie, Part I & II” from Texas Monthly, and features a logline that reads, “Two church going couples, enjoying small town family life in Texas, until somebody picks up an axe.”
Love and Death will be directed by Lesli Linka Glatter, written by David E. Kelley, produced by Lionsgate and executive produced by Kelley, Glatter, Nicole Kidman and Per Saari through Blossom Films, Scott Brown and Megan Creydt through Texas Monthly, Matthew Tinker, Michael Klick and Helen Verno.
“This is a gripping story about the frustrations and desires of two women in a small town that culminates in a terrible act of violence. We are thrilled to be partnering with David, Lesli, Nicole, and Per and incredibly fortunate to have Elizabeth at the center of our story to bring out all the layers of Candy that make this story so unforgettable,” Sarah Aubrey, Head of Original Content at HBO Max, said in a statement.
Kevin Beggs, Chairman of Lionsgate Television Group, added, “We cannot imagine a more perfect artist to play the leading role of Candy than Elizabeth Olsen. Her talent, charisma and energy can bewitch audiences like no other. We’re proud to be collaborating with a world-class creative team of Lesli, David and Nicole on this thrilling and intriguing series and to bring another exciting premium property to our partners at HBO Max.”
Stay tuned for a trailer and official release date.