HBO Max has given a series order to the limited series Love and Death, starring Elizabeth Olsen (WandaVision, Marvel Studios films, Martha Marcy May Marlene) as Candy Montgomery. The series is written by David E. Kelley and directed by Lesli Linka Glatter.
Love and Death is inspired by the book Evidence of Love: A True Story of Passion and Death in the Suburbs and a collection of articles from Texas Monthly (“Love & Death In Silicon Prairie,” Part I & II).
In Love and Death, two church-going couples are enjoying small town family life in Texas until somebody picks up an axe.
The series is produced by Lionsgate and executive produced by David E. Kelley through David E. Kelley Productions; Nicole Kidman and Per Saari through Blossom Films; Lesli Linka Glatter; 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 terrible act of violence,” said Sarah Aubrey, Head of Original Content, HBO Max.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with David, Lesli, Nicole, and Per 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.”
“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,” added Kevin Beggs, Chairman, Lionsgate Television Group.
“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.”
Elizabeth Olsen most recently reprised her role as Wanda Maximoff (aka Scarlet Witch) in WandaVision, which was the first-ever Marvel Studios television series to debut on Disney+ on January 15, 2021. The limited series quickly garnered worldwide acclaim among audiences and critics alike, catapulting it to become the highest-rated film or television series in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to date.
Olsen is set to reprise her role as Wanda Maximoff (aka Scarlet Witch) in the film, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which is scheduled to be released globally on March 25, 2022.
Olsen’s notable film/TV credits include: Facebook Watch’s Sorry For Your Loss (2019 Critics Choice Award nomination; also executive produced); Lionsgate’s Wind River, NEON’s Ingrid Goes West, Fox Searchlight’s Martha Marcy May Marlene, Warner Bros.’ Godzilla, as well as Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame.
Multiple Emmy-winning writer David E. Kelley is known for critically-acclaimed, award-winning series including the hit HBO series The Undoing and Big Little Lies, along with Big Sky, Goliath, Boston Legal, The Practice, Picket Fences, and Ally McBeal.
Emmy and Academy Award-nominated, multiple DGA Award-winning director and executive producer Lesli Linka Glatter has directed numerous notable television series, including the Emmy winning series Homeland and Lionsgate’s Emmy-winning series Mad Men. Other credits include The Walking Dead, The West Wing and The Newsroom, as well as the pilots for Gilmore Girls and Pretty Little Liars.
Glatter is the recipient of the Women in Film Dorothy Arzner Directing Award and the American Film Institute Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts.