Elisabeth Moss to Star In, Produce BBC-A Typhoid Mary Drama ‘Fever’
Were The Handmaid’s Tale, Top of the Lake and Mad Men not enough to overload Elisabeth Moss’ Emmy shelf, the erstwhile Peggy Olson is taking on another assignment. This time out, Moss will catch Fever starring in and producing a new BBC-A drama based on the story of Typhoid Mary.
Per the network’s official confirmation, Moss and Annapurna Television will develop the new period drama based on Mary Beth Keane’s novel of the same name (which Moss actually holds the rights to). Enlightened alum Phil Morrison will direct and executive produce, with The Expanse and True Blood scribe Robin Veith set to write.
So reads the synopsis:
Fever tells the story of the first known healthy carrier of typhoid fever who became known as “Typhoid Mary” as she spread typhoid across the burgeoning metropolis of early twentieth century New York.
While Moss had to say of the project:
I’m so honored to be working with the incredible team of collaborators we have pulled together with Phil, Robin, BBC AMERICA and Annapurna. 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.
The project is undated for now, but will balance schedule-wise with Moss’ work in The Handmaid’s Tale Season 2. Stay tuned and catch the latest Fever details as they arrive.