Elizabeth Olsen’s next small screen role comes with a serious ax to paint. HBO Max has delivered an order to David E. Kelley’s Love and death, with WandaVision actress attached to star, TVLine has learned.
Inspired by the real crime book Proof of love: A true story of passion and death in the suburbsas well as several articles from Texas monthly, follows the limited series “two church couples enjoying family small town life in Texas until someone picks up an ax,” according to the official logline. Olsen will play Candy Montgomery, the current ax killer.
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Love and death is written by Kelley, with Lesli Linka Glatter attached directly. Produced by Lionsgate, the limited series is executive-produced by Glatter, Kelley through David E. Kelley Productions, Nicole Kidman and Per Saari through Blossom Films, Scott Brown and Megan Creydt through Texas Monthly, Matthew Tinker and Michael Klick and Helen Verno.
“This is a gripping story about the frustrations and desires of two women in a small town that culminates in a horrific act of violence,” said Sarah Aubrey, head of original content for HBO Max. “We are excited to partner with David, Lesli, Nicole and Per, and incredibly lucky to have Elizabeth at the center of our story to bring out all the layers of Candy that make this story so unforgettable.”
Adds Kevin Beggs, President of Lionsgate Television Group, “We can not imagine a more perfect artist to play the lead role of Candy than Elizabeth Olsen. Her talent, charisma and energy can enchant the audience like no other. We are proud to partner with a world-class creative team of Lesli, David and Nicole on this exciting and thrilling series and bring yet another exciting premium property to our partners at HBO Max. ”