Watch: ‘Candy’ trailer reveals an unrecognizable Jessica Biel


The first trailer for Candy, a new Hulu miniseries featuring an unrecognizable Jessica Biel as the titular antagonist, teases a true story thriller of small-town murder and mayhem that would make the Coen brothers’ jaw drop.

Based on actual events that occurred in Texas in 1980, the story centers around the titular murderer, Candy Montgomery, and her victim, Betty Gore (Melanie Lynskey). Candy seemed to have it all, including a loving husband with a stable job, a daughter and son, and an idyllic house in the suburbs. So why did she kill her fellow church pal with an axe?

The miniseries comes from Mad Men scribe Robin Veith and Brand New Cherry Flavor writer Nick Antosca.

The true story was previously adapted into a made-for-TV movie back in 1990 for CBS called A Killing in a Small Town. Barbara Hershey won a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries for the role of Candy Morrison, whose name was lightly altered from the real-life story.

Today, we have a very different TV landscape in the form of streaming services, like Hulu, compared to 1990. As such, miniseries nowadays can sometimes have high production values like the ones seen in movies. That, combined with a stunningly different take by Biel from her typical roles, piques our curiosity for the kind of thrills that Candy might bring.

Candy, billed as a five-night event, comes to Hulu May 9.

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Danny Peterson

Danny Peterson

Danny Peterson covers entertainment news for WGTC and has previously enjoyed writing about housing, homelessness, the coronavirus pandemic, historic 2020 Oregon wildfires, and racial justice protests. Originally from Juneau, Alaska, Danny received his Bachelor's degree in English Literature from the University of Alaska Southeast and a Master's in Multimedia Journalism from the University of Oregon. He has written for The Portland Observer, worked as a digital enterprise reporter at KOIN 6 News, and is the co-producer of the award-winning documentary 'Escape from Eagle Creek.'