Elisabeth Moss has signed on to star in and executive produce a new BBC America limited series about the infamous “Typhoid Mary,” Variety has learned.
BBC America will partner with Moss and Annapurna Television on developing the period drama titled “Fever,” based on Mary Beth Keane’s novel of the same name. It tells the true story of Mary Mallon, an Irish immigrant and cook who was the first known healthy carrier of typhoid fever. She became known as “Typhoid Mary” as she unknowingly spread the disease among several wealthy families in early twentieth century New York.
Moss acquired the original rights to Keane’s book and first sent the material Phil Morrison, who signed on as director and executive producer. Robin Veith is currently set to write the adaptation and will also serve as an executive producer alongside Moss, Morrison, and Annapurna’s Sue Naegle and Megan Ellison.
“I’m so honored to be working with the incredible team of collaborators we have pulled together with Phil, Robin, BBC America and Annapurna,” Moss said. “I look forward to telling this story about one of the most infamous women in America, ‘Typhoid Mary,’ a woman whose true tale has never been told. She was an immigrant in turn of the century New York, a time of huge change and progress in America. She was incredibly unique, stubborn, ambitious and in fierce denial of any wrongdoing until her death where she lived out her days imprisoned on an island just off of the Bronx in NY. She is incredibly complicated, something I seem to enjoy playing.”
Moss is represented by WME and Ribisi Entertainment Group. Veith is also with WME while Morrison is repped by UTA and Management 360.
Variety – Following the enormous success of his directorial debut “Get Out,” Jordan Peele is gaining momentum on his next film, which is now being called “Us.”
Peele announced the title on his social media accounts on Tuesday, and sources also tell Variety that Lupita Nyong’o is in talks to star, with Elisabeth Moss eyed as the top choice for another lead role. Winston Duke is also being eyed for another lead role in the movie.
The film is the initial project under Peele’s first-look deal with Universal Pictures, which he signed along with his Monkeypaw Productions last spring. “Get Out” opened at No. 1 at the domestic box office last February on its way to grossing $255 million worldwide. It scored glowing reviews and an Oscar best picture nomination, with Peele winning best original screenplay for the thriller.
Peele will write and direct the pic, with plot details currently kept under wraps. Peele will produce for Monkeypaw Productions alongside Sean McKittrick and Jason Blum.
Also producing is Monkeypaw’s Ian Cooper.
Universal has already dated the film for March 15, 2019.
Nyong’o, who is repped by CAA, is coming off the worldwide hit “Black Panther” and can be seen next in “Little Monsters.” Moss can currently be seen in Season 2 of “The Handmaid’s Tale” and is also about to start filming the New Line movie “The Kitchen”opposite Melissa McCarthy and Tiffany Haddish. She is repped by WME.
Peele is also repped by CAA.
VARIETY – Elisabeth Moss will star with Melissa McCarthy and Tiffany Haddish in the mob drama “The Kitchen” for New Line Cinema and DC Entertainment.
“Straight Outta Compton” writer Andrea Berloff will direct from her own script, based on the comic book series by Ollie Masters and Ming Doyle from DC Entertainment’s Vertigo imprint. The movie will mark Berloff’s feature directorial debut. Michael De Luca is producing the film.
“The Kitchen” is a classic gangster pic that follows a group of Irish mobsters sent to prison. The wives take over their jailed spouses’ organized crime operation to become the most ruthless and powerful gangsters in 1970s Hell’s Kitchen. Moss will play the wife of an abusive husband who adapts to the violence of her new life. “The Kitchen” hits theaters on Sept. 20, 2019.
Moss won a Golden Globes and Emmy for her role on Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” which will soon debut its second season. She is best known for her TV work on “Mad Men” and “Top of the Lake.” She was in the Oscar best foreign language film nominee “The Square” and will next be seen in Sony Pictures Classics’ “The Seagull.”
Moss is repped by WME, the U.K.’s Independent, and Ribisi Entertainment.