What to know about 'Love and Death,' HBO Max's take on the Candy Montgomery story

True-crime fanatics can't wait for this mini-series: we'll give you the scoop on 'Love and Death' on HBO Max

Elizabeth Olsen, Love and Death, HBO Max's portrayal of the Candy Montgomery crimes
(Image credit: HBO Max)

True-crime fans are getting antsy for the release of Love and Death, HBO Max's take on the Candy Montgomery/Betty Gore saga. 

Earlier this year, the infamous case resurfaced thanks to Jessica Biel's Hulu series, simply titled, Candy. Of course, it left us all wondering: Where is Candy Montgomery today? Why did Candy Montgomery kill Betty? How did this horrific tragedy unfold?

Truly, the notorious '80s event will leave you shocked. Here's what you need to know about its next retelling. 

'Love and Death' HBO Max: what to know

HBO Max's six-part miniseries will follow Jim Atkinson and John Bloom's Evidence of Love: A True Story of Passion and Death in the Suburbs, as well as Texas Monthly articles about the case. 

For the uninitiated, Candy Montgomery and Betty Gore met at church of all places, and their friendship appeared normal at first glance. The two small-town Texas housewives met regularly and scheduled playdates for their young children. 

But Montgomery's affair with Allen Gore changed everything. Betty had approached her so-called friend about the affair, and subsequently, Candy stabbed the wife and mother 41 times with a three-foot-long ax—not exactly the standard church story we're accustomed to hearing.

The Candy Montgomery trial was telling—Gore wasn't her only adulterous connection—but its conclusion is certainly hard for many people to believe. (We won't give away too many spoilers.)   

Who is starring in 'Love and Death' on HBO Max?

Elizabeth Olsen in Love and Death on HBO Max

(Image credit: HBO Max)

Elizabeth Olsen is set to star as the ax-wielding Candy in this new project from David E. Kelley, Nicole Kidman and Lionsgate Television.

"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," Kevin Beggs, Lionsgate Television Group chairman, said in a statement, according to Deadline (opens in new tab).

Here's who's appearing next to Olsen in the series: 

  • Lily Rabe as Betty Gore
  • Krysten Ritter as Sherry Cleckler
  • Jesse Plemons as Allan Gore
  • Tom Pelphrey as Don Crowder
  • Patrick Fugit as Patrick Montgomery 
  • Keir Gilchrist as Ron Adams
  • Fabiola Andújar as Mary Adams
  • Elizabeth Marvel as Jackie Ponder
  • Brian d'Arcy James as Fred Fason
  • Aaron Jay Rome as Richard Garlington
  • Drew Waters as Jerry McMahan
  • Mackenzie Astin as Tom O' Connell
  • Bruce McGill as Tom Ryan

When is the 'Love and Death' release date?

At this time, the streaming service has yet to announce the release date of Love and Death, though the series is expected sometime in 2022. As soon as the information is available—and a subsequent trailer is released—rest assured you'll be the first to know.

We know you're likely on a true crime kick, so ahead of Love and Death's premiere, be sure to check out HBO Max's documentary Mind Over Murder, a deep dive into Beatrice Six

When you're willing to make a platform switch, the best true crime on Netflix will keep you plenty busy. Currently, Sharon Marshall's case from Girl in the Picture has hooked in viewers with its twists, turns and horrific details. (Definitely not for the faint of heart.) 

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