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Elisabeth Moss to Play Texas Killer Candy Montgomery in UCP Limited Series

Elisabeth Moss to Play Texas Killer Candy Montgomery in UCP Limited Series

  • Elisabeth Moss will star as Dallas suburb real-life killer Candy Montgomery in the limited series titled 'Candy' that will be shopped to major streaming platforms.

After forty years, the true story of Dallas suburb killer Candy Montgomery will be revisited in an upcoming limited series by Universal Content Productions (UCP), a division of NBCUniversal, starring Elisabeth Moss.

The true-crime story was the subject of a book in 1984, and was previously adapted to the small screen back in 1990. The upcoming limited series titled Candy will relate the account of the summer of 1980 in Wylie, a Dallas suburb, where Montgomery slayed her neighbor and church friend, Betty Gore, with an ax on Friday the 13th of June.   

“The unique tale of Candy Montgomery is one Nick has been passionate about telling for a very long time. After working with Robin on The Act, the two crafted an incredible script that is tense, twisted and tempting,” said Dawn Olmstead, president, UCP. “With her range of work speaking for itself, Elisabeth is dream casting for us and the care and thoughtfulness she will bring to the complex events that unfolded really deepens the project. I wish I was already sitting on the couch in a dark room watching the opening credits right now.”

Moss recently starred in Shirley, Us, and The Invisible Man, and has earn accolades for her award-winning performance on The Handmaid’s Tale and Mad Men.

“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?’ Adding the opportunity to work with Nick after his incredible work on The Act was like taking a delicious dessert and putting 100 cherries on top,” said Moss. “My producing partner Lindsey and I are so thrilled to be partnering with them and Alex and Scott and everyone at UCP on a show that I believe is truly going to be like no other we’ve done and will be a role like none I’ve ever played.”

The series will be shopped to major streaming platforms.

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UCP has successfully produced true-crime series, includes Hulu’s The Act and Dirty John. The studio also lists a series adaptation on the life of Joe Exotic with Kate McKinnon, who is serving time in Fort Worth and is the subject of the Netflix documentary series Tiger King.

UCP is also developing a new upcoming series based on Christopher Duntsch titled Dr. Death, which narrates the true story of the former neurosurgeon who is serving life in prison for gross malpractice after being accused of killing and maiming 33 patients in local North Texas hospitals. Dr. Death will star Jamie Dornan, Alec Baldwin and Christian Slater.

Moss is repped by WME, Independent Talent Group, Ribisi Entertainment Group, Viewpoint, HJTH.

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