Jessica Biel has replaced Elisabeth Moss in Hulu’s Candy, which has now been given a series order. It was previously announced back in December that Moss had signed on to star in the limited series for Hulu, revolving around Candy Montgomery, a Texas woman who killed fellow mother and community member Betty Gore in 1980.
However, Moss was forced to drop out of the show once it was given a series order due to scheduling conflicts, so Biel has been drafted in to take her place. Hulu obviously like the potential for the show and have expanded it from its pilot form, written by Robin Veith, who co-created the show alongside Nick Antosca. Michael Uppendahl will direct the pilot.
The show will focus on Montgomery, who seemingly had it all – a 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 axe? It may have something to do with a secret affair she was having.
Interestingly, Hulu have some competition from HBO Max, who earlier this year ordered a series based on this very same story. That one is titled Love And Death and will star Elizabeth Olsen. So there will be practically a direct competition between two streamers for audience eyeballs and critical acclaim for who has the superior Candy Montgomery story.
Biel has some experience with some dark TV, having starred in the first season of The Sinner. She also recently starred in drama series Limetown alongside Stanley Tucci, which you probably never heard of because it aired on Facebook Watch (really) and only lasted one season. She hasn’t appeared in a film since 2017’s political drama Shock And Awe.
No production or release dates have been revealed yet, but it’s easy to imagine Hulu and HBO Max rushing to get their version of this story out first. Remember, Hulu was the streamer that quickly released their version of the Fyre Festival documentary a week before Netflix’s much-anticipated one in order to get there first, so they have previous with those tactics.