Calling all true crime fans! The Handmaid’s Tale star Elisabeth Moss has been tapped to star in a new true crime limited series for Universal Content Productions (UCP), a division of NBCUniversal Content Studios. Said series will center around infamous Texas killer Candy Montgomery, as reported by DeadlineCandy is the show’s working title. Here’s a synopsis of Candy from Deadline: 

Candy is set in 1980 Texas where 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 (Betty Gore) with an ax?

Now, Moss is also slated as executive producer for Candy. In addition, Robin Veith (Mad Men, The Act) will pen the script. The Act co-creator Nick Antosca will serve as executive producer along with Alex Hedlund. UCP’s president Dawn Olmstead had this to say regarding the impending true crime drama:

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. 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.

Of course, Moss is just as elated to create this project as her coworkers. 

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. 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.

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