Elisabeth Moss has just accepted her most sinister role yet, as the Emmy-winning actress will play real-life Texas killer Candy Montgomery for a new television limited series. Tentatively called Candy, the project comes from UCP -- a division of Universal Studio Group -- and is currently being shopped to various premium cable networks and streaming services. Candy will also reunite Moss with Mad Men writer Robin Veith, who wrote the pilot script for the limited series. Moss and Veith are also both on board to serve as executive producers.
Though she expertly played the victim in the hit horror movie The Invisible Man earlier this year, it appears Elisabeth Moss is looking forward to taking on a role that's a bit more dastardly. "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," says Moss in a statement. "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?'"
The story of Candy Montgomery is indeed a strange one. On June 13, 1980, Betty Gore was found dead in her home after being struck with an ax over 40 times. It was then revealed that Montgomery has been having an affair with Gore's husband, and she was charged with Betty's murder. At the trial, Montgomery claimed self defense, insisting she had wrestled the ax away from Betty only to protect herself. The jury deliberated for just a few hours before declaring Montgomery not guilty, but the decision was highly controversial, as many believe Montgomery escaped justice by getting away with murder.
Those of us who were around in the '80s might also remember when Barbara Hershey starred as Montgomery in the TV movie A Killing in a Small Town, a role that won her an Outstanding Lead Actress Emmy in 1990. On the surface, it looks like the new limited series will also follow the real story. According to the official description for Candy, the series will follow Moss as Texas housewife Candy Montgomery. She is described as a woman who "seemingly had it all - loving husband with a good job, a daughter and a son, a nice house in the brand new suburbs - so why did she kill her friend from church with an ax?"
In addition to Candy, fans of Moss can also expect to see the award-winning actress when she returns for season four of The Handmaid's Tale on Hulu in 2021. After scoring six Emmy nominations for her run on Mad Men, it was The Handmaid's Tale that gave Moss her first Emmy win for Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her work on the show; the role gave her a Golden Globe win as well. With Moss involved, there's a good chance Candy could be a serious contender at awards season as well. This news comes to us from TV Line.