After her 80s inspired WandaVision episode, Elizabeth Olsen (Avengers: Endgame) is headed back to the decade to star in Love and Death. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Love and Death centers on a real-life murder that occurred in Texas during the 1980s.
Intended to be a limited series, Love and Death will see Olsen playing Candy Montgomery, who, according to The Hollywood Reporter, was convicted of using an axe to murder her friend, Betty Gore. The series will be based on John Bloom (author, Eccentric Orbits) and Jim Atkinson’s novel, Evidence of Love: A True Story of Passion and Death in the Suburbs.
When discussing Love and Death, Sarah Aubrey, the head of original content at HBO Max stated “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. We are thrilled to be partnering with David, Lesli, Nicole, and Per [Saari] 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.” (The Hollywood Reporter)
In addition to Olsen, Nicole Kidman (actor and producer, Big Little Lies) and David E. Kelley (writer, Big Little Lies) are attached to the series as executive producers. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lesli Linka Glatter (director, Homeland) will both direct and produce the series. Love and Death will be produced by Lionsgate Television.
Kevin Beggs, Lionsgate’s TV chairman, expressed his excitement for Love and Death, stating “We cannot imagine a more perfect artist to play the leading role of Candy than Elizabeth Olsen. 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.” (The Hollywood Reporter)
Coincidentally, another famous Elizabeth will also be playing Candy Montgomery in another upcoming project about the case. Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale) is set to star as Montgomery in the limited series, Candy. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Candy is in development at Universal Studio Group’s UCP.