Melanie Lynskey (Castle Rock, Heavenly Creatures) has joined Hulu’s limited true-crime scripted drama series about Candy Montgomery. The actress will portray the real-life victim of murderess Candy Montgomery, Betty Gore. Jessica Biel will star in the role of Montgomery.
“Candy” tells the true story of Montgomery, a Texas housewife who infamously murdered her friend Betty Gore with an ax in 1980.
Robin Veith (Mad Men, The Act) wrote the pilot script of “Candy.” Michael Uppendahl (Mad Men, Fargo, Impeachment: American Crime Story) will direct the pilot and serve as executive producer.
Nick Antosca (The Act, Brand New Cherry Flavor) will serve as executive producer under his banner Eat the Cat along with Alex Hedlund. Biel and Michelle Purple will serve as executive producers for Iron Ocean. Jim Atkinson & John Bloom will serve as consulting producers.
The series is produced by UCP and 20th Television.
Lynskey has starred in several films including The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Informant, and Sweet Home Alabama. TV credits include Hulu’s Stephen King psychological-horror show Castle Rock and Mrs. America. She can next be seen in the forthcoming Adam McKay flick Don’t Look Up, starring Jennifer Lawrence and Leonardo DiCaprio.