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Krysten Ritter Joining Love and Death, HBO Max Axe Murder Series

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BY September 20, 2021

Krysten Ritter is joining Love and Death, an upcoming series on HBO Max from super-creator David E. Kelley. Ritter is only the latest in a series of big name actors to join the cast, though. The crime drama will tell the story of a real-life axe murder.

Krysten Ritter Joining Already Stacked Love and Death Cast

On June 13, 1980–literally Friday the 13th–there was a murder in Wylie, TX, a suburb of Dallas. But despite the Texan setting, this was no shootout or anything mundane like that. Instead, Candy Montgomery killed her friend Betty Gore with an axe. It was a gruesome crime, apparently prompted by infidelity (on the murderer’s part).

However, I’m not going to recount the entire story, since that’s not why we’re here. Besides, the great Texas Monthly has a comprehensive write-up if you’re interested in the finer details. Be warned, though, that those details include a description of the victim’s body that some may find upsetting.

Anyway, Ritter will be joining the Love and Death cast to play Sherry Cleckler, a friend of Candy Montgomery’s. Elizabeth Olsen will be playing Montgomery, while Lily Rabe will be playing Betty Gore. Other cast members include Patrick Fugit, Tom Pelphrey, Keir Gilchrist, Elizabeth Marvel, and Jesse Plemons.

So, yeah–a pretty impressive line-up of folks. That’s unsurprising, though, since David E. Kelley is the creator. Kelley’s list of works, in case you didn’t know, is staggering in its own right. From Doogie Howser, MD, which he cocreated with the late Steven Bochco, to his most recent work, like Nine Perfect Strangers, Kelley’s oeuvre is a big deal. But of course, Ritter is no slouch herself.

Ritter Recently Addressed the Jessica Jones Question

krysten ritter joining love Ritter as Jessica Jones, image via Netflix

A native of Bloomsburg, the only legal town in the wilds of William Penn’s woodlands, Ritter has worked as a model, actress, director, musician, and author. You probably know her best for the acting stuff, though, like Breaking Bad and Jessica Jones. Ritter reprised Jane, her Breaking Bad role, in fact, in the Jesse Pinkman-centered movie El Camino. But would she also return as Jessica Jones? In a recent interview with ScreenRant, she answered that question, saying,

I would absolutely just die to play Jessica again. I had the best time doing it and I just love her so much. I’m so proud of that character. Not only because it was like a great role and she’s such a bad-ass, but that character has really resonated with people in a way that I don’t know who else has.

 

Really, really resonated with women and girls, trauma survivors. It’s just so, so big and such a thing I’m so grateful to have been a part of. So if there’s ever an opportunity for me to put on those boots, I will be there in a flash.I would absolutely just die to play Jessica again. I had the best time doing it and I just love her so much. I’m so proud of that character.

 

Not only because it was like a great role and she’s such a bad-ass, but that character has really resonated with people in a way that I don’t know who else has. Really, really resonated with women and girls, trauma survivors. It’s just so, so big and such a thing I’m so grateful to have been a part of. So if there’s ever an opportunity for me to put on those boots, I will be there in a flash.

 

I know that’s a little ambiguous, but I think that’s a yes. However, she told TVLine two years ago that she was dunzo, so who knows?

Anyway, Love and Death has yet to begin production, as far as we know. Ritter’s interview with ScreenRant, by the way, was to promote her movie Nightbooks, which dropped on Netflix on September 15. She also reunited this year with Aaron Paul, her Breaking Bad costar, in the audio drama The Coldest Case, available exclusively through Audible.

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Salomé Gonstad is a freelance writer who grew up in the swampy wilds of south Alabama. When she's not yelling about pop culture on the internet, she's working on a supernatural thriller about her hometown. Also, we're pretty sure she's a werewolf. Email her at salome@comicyears.com.

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