Elizabeth Olsen is set to star in the new HBO Max limited series ‘Love and Death’ from writer and executive producer David E. Kelley.
Olsen will star as the Texan housewife Candy Montgomery, a woman who murdered her friend from church, Betty Gore, with an axe in 1980.
The story is 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 series is described as a gripping story about the frustrations and desires of two women in a small town that culminates in a terrible act of violence.
Nicole Kidman will also executive produce. Linka Glatter will also executive produce in addition to directing, with Scott Brown and Megan Creydt of Texas Monthly, Matthew Tinker, Michael Klick and Helen Verno also executive producing.
“We cannot imagine a more perfect artist to play the leading role of Candy than Elizabeth Olsen,” said Kevin Beggs, Chairman of Lionsgate Television Group. “Her talent, charisma and energy can bewitch audiences like no other.”
This is the second project in the works to focus on Candy Montgomery’s story. Hulu are also in development on a series with Elisabeth Moss set to play Montgomery.