According to Deadline, Krysten Ritter (breaking Bad, Jessica jones) has officially signed on to join Emmy nominee Elizabeth Olsen in HBO Max’s upcoming true crime drama miniseries Love and death, which comes from executive producers David E. Kelley and Nicole Kidman. Ritter is expected to play the role of Sherry Cleckler, who is a close friend of Candy Montgomery of Olsen, the Texan woman who was convicted of the murder of Betty Gore.
This is Ritter’s last TV project in more than two years since he starred in Netflix’s Marvel series. Jessica jones which concluded her three seasons in 2019. She is currently starring in Netflix’s new dark fantasy film Night books from producer Sam Raimi, who just made his debut today.
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Love and death will focus on two practicing couples, enjoying family life in a small town in Texas, until someone picks up an ax. It is based on the book titled Proof 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).
The limited series will be the star Elizabeth Olsen (WandaVision) like Candy Montgomery, Jesse Plemons (Jungle cruise) like Allan Gore, Lily Rabe (american horror story) like Betty Gore, Patrick Fugit (Banned) like Pat Montgomery, Keir Gilchrist (Atypical) as Pastor Ron Adams, Elizabeth Marvel (Card castle) as Pastor Jackie Ponder, and Tom Pelphrey (Ozark) as Don Crowder.
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Love and death will be written and produced by David E. Kelley (The defeat) via his banner David E. Kelly Productions, with Lesli Linka Glatter (Mad Men) set to direct. Executive producers are Glatter, Nicole Kidman and Per Saari via Blossom Films, Scott Brown and Megan Creydt via Texas Monthly, Matthew Tinker, Michael Klick and Helen Verno. Lionsgate will produce the limited series.
Interestingly, Universal Content Productions is also currently developing a limited series based on Candy Montgomery, with Golden Globe and Emmy winner actress Elisabeth Moss for the lead role.