Despite this being a strange year for movies, Elisabeth Moss has still managed to have good one thanks to starring in The Invisible Man and Josephine Decker‘s Shirley. She’s also still starring in The Handmaid’s Tale on the TV side, and now has another big TV role lined up.
Moss will star in Candy, a true crime series where she will play accused axe murderer Candy Montgomery, a married mother of two in Texas who allegedly killed her friend from church, Betty Gore, with an axe back in 1980.
The case naturally made headlines, and was previously adapted as a TV movie titled A Killing In A Small Town that aired in 1990 and won Barbara Hershey an Emmy.
Robin Veith, who already has experience working with Moss having written for Mad Men, has penned the pilot script. It’s not clear where the show will air yet, as there’s no channel or streaming platform involved.
However, true crime remains immensely popular – and this show hails from Universal Content Productions, which was behind The Act and Dirty John – so there’s no doubt it will be snapped up swiftly.
“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?’”, Moss said in a statement.
USC is also developing a Joe Exotic series starring Kate McKinnon, a series based on the hit podcast Dr. Death, plus shows based on the Massachusetts texting suicide case and the famous kidnapping of Jan Broberg.
Moss is a star who already has multiple Golden Globes under her belt along with six Emmy nominations, and the story behind Candy is exactly the kind of juicy true crime tale to get people talking, so this will probably be a hit whenever it eventually arrives. Expect a bidding war from networks and streaming platforms too.
Moss will next be seen in Wes Anderson‘s The French Dispatch, and she also has a supporting role in Taika Waititi‘s upcoming sports movie Next Goal Wins.