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Elizabeth Olsen has been cast in the lead role of axe murderer Candy Montgomery in Love and Death, a new limited series in development for HBO Max. After stunning Marvel fans as the reinvented Wanda Maximoff for Disney+ series WandaVision, the star is set to take on a completely different role for the new project.

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Marvel star Elizabeth Olsen has confirmed her return to streaming after fully becoming the Scarlet Witch in Marvel’s smash hit series, WandaVision, earlier this year.

Olsen, 32, will take the lead as Wylie, Texas housewife Candy Montgomery, who murdered Betty Gore in 1980, in the upcoming HBO Max series Love and Death.

The new streaming service greenlit the series from producers David E. Kelley and Nicole Kidman, known for their recent collaborations on Big Little Lies and The Undoing.

Kelley is set to write the new project, with Homeland’s Lesli Linka Glatter confirmed to direct.

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Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda MaximoffWandaVision's Elizabeth Olsen lands lead role as axe murderer for new HBO Max series (Image: Disney /Getty)

Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda MaximoffWandaVision's lead star lands her first role after the smash hit Marvel series (Image: Disney )

Love and Death will take much of its inspiration from the book Evidence of Love: A True Story of Passion and Death in the Suburbs, as well as the articles Love & Death In Silicon Prairie, Part I & II from Texas Monthly.

Evidence of Love was previously adapted by CBS into the 1990 television film, A Killing In a Small Town.

Following the mass international success of Marvel’s first Disney+ series, WandaVision, Elizabeth Olsen was reportedly in the running for several prestige streaming projects currently in development.

HBO Max’s Head of Original Content Sarah Aubrey said: “This is a gripping story about the frustrations and desires of two women in a small town that culminates in a terrible act of violence.”

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