Published On: Tue, May 4th, 2021

Elizabeth Olsen signs on to play real-life axe murderer Candy Montgomery in Love and Death

After her successful run on Marvel’s WandaVision, Elizabeth Olsen is returning to the small screen in a new series for HBO Max entitled Love and Death.

The 32-year-old actress has signed on to play real-life axe murderer Candy Montgomery in the new series, according to Variety.

Big Little Lies creator David E. Kelley will create the show and executive produce alongside Nicole Kidman, with Lesli Linka Glatter on board to direct. 

New show: After her successful run on Marvel’s WandaVision, Elizabeth Olsen is returning to the small screen in a new series for HBO Max entitled Love and Death

New show: The 32-year-old actress has signed on to play real-life axe murderer Candy Montgomery in the new series, according to Variety

New show: The 32-year-old actress has signed on to play real-life axe murderer Candy Montgomery in the new series, according to Variety 

Creator: Big Little Lies creator David E. Kelley will create the show and executive produce alongside Nicole Kidman, with Lesli Linka Glatter on board to direct

Creator: Big Little Lies creator David E. Kelley will create the show and executive produce alongside Nicole Kidman, with Lesli Linka Glatter on board to direct

HBO Max handed out a series order for Love & Death, inspired by the book Evidence of Love: A True Story of Passion and Death in the Suburbs and a collection of articles from Texas Monthly (Love & Death In Silicon Prairie, Part I & II).

The show will follow the true tale of Candy Montgomery, a Texas housewife who murdered her church friend Betty Gore with an axe in 1980.

Despite overwhelming evidence against her, Montgomery was acquitted of the murder charges, with the jury believing she acted in self-defense.

True story: The show will follow the true tale of Candy Montgomery, a Texas housewife who murdered her church friend Betty Gore with an axe in 1980

True story: The show will follow the true tale of Candy Montgomery, a Texas housewife who murdered her church friend Betty Gore with an axe in 1980

The Texas Monthly articles, which debuted in 1984, would ultimately reveal that Montgomery was having an affair with Gore’s husband before killing Betty with 41 blows from an axe.

The 1984 book Evidence of Love was previously adapted into the 1990 TV movie A Killing In a Small Town, which won Barbara Hershey both a Golden Globe and Emmy for playing Candy Morrison, based on Candy Montgomery.

‘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, said Sarah Aubrey, Head of Original Content, HBO Max, in a statement. 

Adaptation: The 1984 book Evidence of Love was previously adapted into the 1990 TV movie A Killing In a Small Town, which won Barbara Hershey both a Golden Globe and Emmy for playing Candy Morrison, based on Candy Montgomery

Adaptation: The 1984 book Evidence of Love was previously adapted into the 1990 TV movie A Killing In a Small Town, which won Barbara Hershey both a Golden Globe and Emmy for playing Candy Morrison, based on Candy Montgomery

‘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,’ she added. 

‘We cannot imagine a more perfect artist to play the leading role of Candy than Elizabeth Olsen,’ added Kevin Beggs, Chairman, Lionsgate Television Group. 

‘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,’ he added.

Cannot imagine: 'We cannot imagine a more perfect artist to play the leading role of Candy than Elizabeth Olsen,' added Kevin Beggs, Chairman, Lionsgate Television Group

Cannot imagine: ‘We cannot imagine a more perfect artist to play the leading role of Candy than Elizabeth Olsen,’ added Kevin Beggs, Chairman, Lionsgate Television Group

This is actually the second project put into development based on Candy Montgomery’s story, following Elisabeth Moss’ new Hulu series entitled Candy.

Moss will play Montgomery, with Robin Veith (Mad Men) writing the pilot script and Michael Uppendhal (Mad Men, Fargo) set to direct. 

No production schedule was given for either project, so it’s unclear when either of these shows may debut. 

Another Candy: This is actually the second project put into development based on Candy Montgomery's story, following Elisabeth Moss' new Hulu series entitled Candy

Another Candy: This is actually the second project put into development based on Candy Montgomery’s story, following Elisabeth Moss’ new Hulu series entitled Candy

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