Actress Elisabeth Moss (The Invisible Man) is set to take on the lead in a brand new series from UCP titled Candy based on the real life case of Texas killer, Candy Montgomery.
The series is being shopped to all major streaming platforms to find a home at this time. Robin Veith (The Act) penned the pilot episode and will serve as an executive producer on the series alongside Nick Antosca (The Act) under his Eat the Cat banner and Alex Hedlund. Moss will also serve as an executive producer on series with Lindsey McManus.
Candy‘s official logline reads: In 1980 Texas, Candy Montgomery (Moss) 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?
“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 in a statement we received this morning. “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.”
“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 Candy Montgomery trial was one of those sensational cases that had everyone in the nation on the edge of their seats. Candy didn’t hold back any details as she discussed her affair with her friend Betty’s husband. Eventually, Candy admitted to having the affair to her friend who she said then attacked her–or attempted to–with an ax. Candy, somehow came out on top in that attack, however, and it was Betty found dead in her home.
It will be interesting to see this cold-blooded case come to life in the hands of such a talented cast and crew.