'Candy' Trailer Previews Jessica Biel and Melanie Lynskey's Fatal Friendship

Watch a trailer for 'Candy,' a true-crime limited series starring Jessica Biel and Melanie Lynskey, ahead of its May premiere on Hulu.
by Danielle Turchiano — 

From left to right: Melanie Lynskey and Jessica Biel in 'Candy'


There are two upcoming limited series coming to television about Candy Montgomery, a housewife and mother who stood trial for killing a friend in the 1980s, and the first one, Hulu's Candy, has just released a trailer, which you can watch below.

Candy, which premieres on May 9 and will drop one episode up to and including on May 13 to become a five-night event for the streamer, stars Jessica Biel (who also executive produces) in the title role. In reality, Montgomery began an affair with her friend Betty Gore's (played here by Melanie Lynskey) husband, and supposedly when Betty confronted her about the affair she also attacked Candy, which caused Candy to grab Betty's weapon and strike back, ultimately killing her. The real Montgomery stood trial for murder, but the jury believed she acted in self defense and acquitted her.

Hulu's five-episode, true-crime, period piece limited series will explore each of these women's lives, from Candy's churchgoing and the start of her affair with Betty's husband Allan (played by Pablo Schreiber), to Betty's struggles with her young children. Presumably it will also depict a version of the confrontation that led to Betty's murder, as the finale episode is titled "The Fight."

Hulu describes the title characters as a woman who "did everything right...even the careful planning and execution of transgressions — but when the pressure of conformity builds within her, her actions scream for just a bit of freedom. With deadly results."

Candy also stars Timothy Simons and Raúl Esparza. It comes from writer and executive producer Robin Veith, executive producers Nick Antosca and Alex Hedlund for Eat the Cat, and Biel and Michelle Purple for Iron Ocean, and Michael Uppendahl, who also executive produces. Jim Atkinson and John Bloom serve as consulting producers. The series is from UCP and 20th Television.

Candy is the first of the two forthcoming limited series about these women and this murder. The second, titled Love and Death, stars Elizabeth Olsen as Candy and Lily Rabe as Betty. That series is coming to HBO Max, but it has not yet been announced when it will premiere.