Elizabeth Moss Slated to Adapt and Star in Story of ‘Typhoid Mary’

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No one can accuse Elisabeth Moss of resting on her seemingly-ever-increasing laurels. With her latest project, Hulu’s stunning adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, closing in on its midway point, Moss is already eyeing her next project. According to a report from Deadline, Moss will team with BBC America and Annapurna Television for a limited series of adaptation of the Mary Beth Keane novel Fever.

Keane’s novel, originally published in 1999, is a period drama chronicling the first known healthy carrier of typhoid fever in early twentieth century New York. The woman, an Irish immigrant named Mary Mallon, earned the infamous moniker of “Typhoid Mary” as she spread the disease to twenty two people throughout Manhattan, Long Island, and Westchester. Robin Veith has been tapped to script the limited series and will also serve as executive producer alongside Moss and Phil Morrison (“Enlightened”). Veith is no stranger to adaptations and has written episodes for “The Expanse,” “True Blood,” and “Outcast”. Moss acquired the rights to Fever and will also star in 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,” 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 New York. She is incredibly complicated, something I seem to enjoy playing.”

Moss is currently starring as Offred in Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” and will reprise her Golden Globe winning role as Robin Griffith in the second season of “Top of the Lake” on the Sundance Channel.