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 hails from executive producers David E. Kelley and Nicole Kidman. Ritter is set to portray the role of Sherry Cleckler, who is a close friend to Olsen’s Candy Montgomery, the Texan woman that was convicted for the murder of Betty Gore.
This marks Ritter’s latest TV project in more than two years since starring in Netflix’s Marvel series Jessica Jones which concluded its three-season run in 2019. She currently stars in Netflix’s new dark fantasy film Nightbooks from producer Sam Raimi, which just made its debut today.
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Love and Death will center around two church-going couples, enjoying small-town family life in Texas, until somebody picks up an axe. It is based on the book titled 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).
The limited series will star Elizabeth Olsen (WandaVision) as Candy Montgomery, Jesse Plemons (Jungle Cruise) as Allan Gore, Lily Rabe (American Horror Story) as Betty Gore, Patrick Fugit (Outcast) as Pat Montgomery, Keir Gilchrist (Atypical) as Pastor Ron Adams, Elizabeth Marvel (House of Cards) as Pastor Jackie Ponder, and Tom Pelphrey (Ozark) as Don Crowder.
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Love and Death will be written and executive produced by David E. Kelley (The Undoing) through his David E. Kelly Productions banner, with Lesli Linka Glatter (Mad Men) set to direct. Executive producers are Glatter, Nicole Kidman, and Per Saari through Blossom Films, Scott Brown and Megan Creydt through 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-winning actress Elisabeth Moss attached for the leading role.